Diversity's Jordan Banjo says hardest part of losing 10 stone was asking for help

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Jordan Banjo hosts 'Lose Weight Like Me' with Dr Sara Kayat. (Channel 4)
Jordan Banjo hosts Lose Weight Like Me with Dr Sara Kayat. (Channel 4)

Diversity star Jordan Banjo has said the hardest part of losing 10 stone (63.5 kg) was admitting he needed help.

The 28-year-old star of the street dance troupe – younger brother of Britain’s Got Talent judge Ashley Banjo – hosts new Channel 4 show Lose Weight Like Me, and said he understands what contestants are going through as he has been there too.

Banjo said on the show: “It’s only now seeing people at the start of their own journey as well. Realising I lost, pretty much 10 stone I lost.

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“It’s making me realise how they feel. I’ve been in their shoes, I know what they’re going through. Like our heroes do, they know exactly where they’re trying to get.'

Diversity', the winners of Britain's Got Talent, (left to right, back row) Ike Ezekwugo, Sam Craske, Jamie McNaughton, Ian McNaughton, Mitchell Craske, Ashley Banjo, Warren Russell, Terry Smith, Jordan Banjo and Matthew McNaughton, (centre, front) Mitchell Craske and Perri Kiely (centre) during a press conference at Sony HQ in Kensington, west London.   (Photo by Yui Mok - PA Images/PA Images via Getty Images)
Jordan Banjo, second from right, with Diversty in 2009. (Getty Images)

“It’s not an easy road, to have the confidence to come forward and say, I need help, I need to change something. I would say, genuinely, the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.”

The KISS FM presenter – whose weight has fluctuated between 12 and 22 stone – was declared morbidly obese by doctors at the age of 13 and ordered to lose weight for his own health.

He has previously revealed that older brother Ashley, 32, helped him “at both ends of the scale” when his weight loss regime then got out of control.

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Jordan, who now weighs around 17 stone, told the Mirror: “I turned to Ash because I knew I was either going to have to do something about my weight or things were going to get way, way worse.

“Ash had set me on a good path but he’s super busy, so he’d left me to get on with it on my own. I had to work hard to try and maintain it. But all I could think about was losing more weight, and it got out of control.

“It took a lot for me to ask for help that first time, but he had my back – and he had it again when I’d got out of control. Ash saved my life at both ends of the scale – literally.”

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Jordan has two children – three-year-old son Cassius and 17-month-old daughter Mayowa – with girlfriend Naomi Courts.

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