TV personality gains and loses 40 pounds to prove a point

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Woman Tests Obesity Claims By Becoming Obese Herself

A British television personality gained and lost nearly 40 pounds in order to prove her belief that obese people are just lazy.

With an opinion so harsh, it's no surprise fat-shamer Katie Hopkins has recently been ranked as the UK's most unpopular celebrity. In fact, she once said she wouldn't even hire an obese person to work for her because they're lazy. But the 39-year old decided to prove she knows the solution to the world's obesity epidemic by becoming obese herself.

TLC's two-part special "Fat And Back" follows the 124 pound mother of three as she drastically decreases her physical activity, and increases her daily caloric intake to a staggering 6,500 calories a day (that's equal to about thirteen meals a day.)

She knew she'd gain weight, but she didn't expect she'd also feel weak, vulnerable, and depressed.

"I signed up for this thinking this would be a physical process," she says in the special. "But actually it turned out to be much more of an emotional journey. [...] I don't cry easily but this reduced me to tears loads because I just became a person that i'm not. I realized that actually being fat is hard."

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BOREHAMWOOD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 07: Katie Hopkins enters the Celebrity Big Brother house at Elstree Studios on January 7, 2015 in Borehamwood, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - UNDATED: In this photo provided by Channel 5, Celebrity Big Brother 2015 housemate Katie Hopkins poses for a photo ahead of the launch of the Channel 5 reality television show Celebrity Big Brother tonight in London, England. (Photo by Channel 5 via Getty Images)
Former 'The Apprentice' finalist Katie Hopkins arrives at the British premiere of "Hairspray", a feature film adaptation of the Broadway production, in London's Leicester Square, Thursday July 5, 2007. (AP Photo/Nathan Strange)
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According to the New York Post, after twelve weeks she gained 43 pounds, then she set out to lose it all. However, she didn't want to go to the gym, or hire a personal trainer. Instead, she increased her physical activity and decreased her caloric intake.

Hopkins used a pedometer to measure 20,000 steps per day (19,000 more than she'd been walking during her weight gain) and simply ate in moderation, aiming for around 1,500 calories a day. Twelve weeks later, she had lost a total of 31 pounds.

"Telling someone who's overweight or fat to put on a pair of trainers and get out there and get running - that is not going to work," she said after the experience. "Because when you're fat you do not want to go running all over the place, carrying all that you are on your knees."

Despite her experience, Hopkins says she still wouldn't hire an obese person.

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