Coronation Street star Hayley Tamaddon, 42, featured on ITV’s The Junk Food Experiment this evening (February 27). The show aimed to show the negative health impacts of eating burgers, pizzas and fried chicken for long periods of time. “I want to do this experiment to prove it is all about what you eat that affects your body, whether you’ve got IBS or not,” she said before the experiment. Tamaddon, who has a history of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), made it to Week 2 of the experiment before her doctor recommended she stop taking part for her health.
Her IBS had significantly flared up, and a quick medical examination of her stomach left the actress in tears.
Her doctor, Dr Enam Abood from The Harley Street Health Centre, said: “I’m worried and concerned that the damage this junk food is doing might not be reversible.”
If you have IBS, it’s best to avoid eating lots of fatty, spice or processed foods, said the NHS.
Patients should also avoid drinking more than three cups of tea or coffee in a single day, and avoid drinking lots of alcohol or fizzy drinks.
Instead, cook homemade meals using fresh ingredients wherever you can, and try probiotics for a month to see if they help.
It’s also important to eat three meals a day, and to avoid eating too quickly, it said.
IBS is a common condition that affects between 10 and 20 per cent of all people in the UK.
It’s a lifelong condition that can be frustrating to live with, and have a big impact on your everyday life, said the NHS.
But, some simple diet and lifestyle changes could help control the symptoms, it said.
Some of the most common symptoms of IBS include stomach pain or cramps, stomach bloating, and diarrhoea.
The stomach pain may be worse after eating, and tends to get better after passing a stool.
IBS patients are more likely to have watery stools, and may sometimes feel the urge to poo without warning.
Constipation is a common sign of IBS, too. The condition may cause patients to strain while passing stools, and they may feel like they can’t empty their bowels.
There are some days when your symptoms may feel worse than normal, and they may be triggered by certain foods or drinks.
You should speak to a doctor if you’re worried that you may have IBS, or if you think you could be at risk.
But, you should ask for an urgent appointment if you’ve suddenly lost a lot of weight for no obvious reason, or if you’ve started passing bloody diarrhoea. They could be a sign of something more serious.