How old is Loose Women’s Anne Diamond, why did she campaign about cot death and when was she on Good Morning?

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ANNE Diamond was the queen of breakfast TV in the 80s and 90s, fronting the hugely popular Good Morning Britain before moving on to Good Morning with Anne and Nick.

But while her smile greeted waking Brits for years, she was suffering from personal tragedies from losing her baby son to her ex-husband’s affair and a very public battle with her weight.

 Anne Diamond was at the height of her fame in the 80s and 90s as a breakfast TV presenter and is now a Loose Women panellist

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Anne Diamond was at the height of her fame in the 80s and 90s as a breakfast TV presenter and is now a Loose Women panellist

Who is Anne Diamond?

63 year old Anne Diamond was first welcomed onto our screens as a reporter on BBC West in Bristol before moving on to ATV – ITV’s midlands regional channel.

It was after ATV became Central Television in 1982 that Anne was first paired with Nick Owen – a partnership that would define both presenters’ careers.

But a lengthy dispute over the launch of the channel led Anne to rejoin the BBC as a reporter and afternoon newsreader.

However, it was not long until the Diamond / Owen partnership got off and running in 1983 when the pair were poached by TV-am — the first breakfast-time broadcaster.

After a brief separation in 1990 when Diamond left the show, Anne and Nick were reunited to front Good Morning with Anne and Nick on the BBC until 1994.

Since then she has appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, been a regular on radio and has appeared as a panellist on ITV’s Loose Women since 2016.

 Since the tragic loss of her son in 1991 Anne has campaigned to raise awareness of cot death

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Since the tragic loss of her son in 1991 Anne has campaigned to raise awareness of cot death

What is cot death and why has Anne campaigned to raise awareness?

Cot death, which is also known as sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS, is a tragic illness that causes young babies to die unexpectedly in their sleep.

The exact cause of the disease is unknown, and can only be identified after the baby has died and all other causes of death have been ruled out.

Some possibly factors include the position the baby sleeps in, with the recommendation that babies under one are placed flat on their back to sleep.

The heartbreaking disease is responsible for 80 per cent of all sudden fatalities in young babies.

And just such a tragedy happened in Anne’s family when her son Sebastian died from the syndrome in 1991.

Since then Anne has fronted the Back to Sleep campaign, which has worked to raise awareness among parents to place their young babies on their backs when being put to sleep.

 How The Sun helped Anne's cot death awareness campaign in 1991

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How The Sun helped Anne’s cot death awareness campaign in 1991

The Lullaby Trust says putting babies to sleep on their back and people not smoking around them are the single most significant factors in preventing cot death, the BBC reports.

It said in 1989 there were 1,545 SIDS cases in the UK. This fell to 647 in 1992, the year after the Back to Sleep campaign launched.

In 2014 there were only 212 unexplained infant deaths.

As such, Anne was the first non-medic to be awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.

When did Anne get a gastric band fitted?

The divorced mum of four battled with her weight and appeared on the Celebrity Fit Club in 2006 after she hit 15 stone.

There was outrage however, when it was discovered that she’d had a gastric band fitted and she was forced to quit the show.

 Anne Diamond when she appeared on Celebrity Fit Club

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Anne Diamond when she appeared on Celebrity Fit Club

However she explained that she went on the show because despite the operation in Belgium, she wasn’t losing weight.

The surgery which involves the size of the stomach being reduced with an adjustable band around it, means that patients should lose weight as they feel full more quickly.

Subsequent surgeon discovered that Anne’s band had been fitted in the wrong place and she felt no restriction and carried out revision surgery.

The Loose Women panellist has gone on to lose weight, but has been candid about the fact that it is not an easy answer to weight loss and that it has had some major downsides.

She has said she has lost her “love of food”, but can’t have the band removed because she fears she would put the weight back on.

Anne Diamond reveals the perils of gastric band surgery on Loose Women

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