The Junk Food Experiment – ITV

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Tessa Sanderson Nadine Dorries, Hayley Tamaddon, Peter Andre, Shaun Wallace and Hugo Taylor take part in an extreme junk food eating experiment

Stars overindulge for three weeks in the name of science in ITV's The Junk Food Experiment

The salad days are over for six celebrities as they embark on a scientific overfeeding experiment in this one-off special.

Over 21 days, stars including actress Hayley Tamaddon (above third from left) and The Chase’s Shaun Wallace attempt a strict diet of burgers, pizza and fried chicken under the watchful eye of doctor Michael Mosley.

Although Peter Andre relishes the chance to indulge, and MP Nadine Dorries delights in bringing a burger to No. 10, most participants begin to suffer serious health issues, showing the very real impact of calorie-laden diets.

The take-away message is everything in moderation, but stuffed with enough juicy new facts to keep it fresh.

TV Times rating: ****

Junk Food Experiment

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Here, Hayley, 42, tells TV Times why the trial has given her food for thought…

Why did you sign up for the show?

I’m quite partial to a bit of fast food, and used to eat quite a lot of it before I was diagnosed with severe irritable bowel syndrome [IBS].

I was diagnosed a few years ago, after I ended up in hospital numerous times in extreme pain.

Since then, my diet has completely changed and it’s worked wonders. When this came up I thought, maybe if I test myself like a guinea pig it might help someone else with IBS.

Weirdly, I was actually looking forward to seeing what would happen to my insides!

Was the ‘diet’ a big commitment?

Massive! I love fast food, but I wasn’t anticipating how much we’d have to eat.

In my first week I ate 2,500 calories of fried chicken a day. It was tougher than I thought it would be. I had very little energy and my tummy was in agony.

What did you learn?

It’s really made me think about certain things I eat. I also hope it will help people with IBS. If you suffer tummy issues after eating, go to the doctor and get checked – maybe you’re gluten intolerant or have IBS.

But you don’t need to be in pain.

Mandy Cooper
TV Times Highlights Editor

As TV Times Highlights Editor I get to hear about all the latest TV shows coming soon. Here at TVT HQ we are in the privileged position of selecting the best programmes from across all the channels and streaming platforms. Our mission is to make it easier for our readers to decide what to watch - and give them lots of choice of genres - all the latest shows, plus some nostalgic choices we call hidden gems, too. My career began with a postgraduate degree in periodical journalism (ahem, yes old school!) in 1991 and I’ve worked in TV media since 2000.