Moment Jeff Stelling breaks down in tears on penultimate Soccer Saturday after eating disorder chat
JEFF Stelling has broken down in tears on Soccer Saturday, as he spoke about the danger of eating disorders.
A march to promote awareness about the mental health disorder was led by Hope Virgo this morning.
Jeff Stelling broke down in tears on Soccer Saturday, as he spoke about the danger of eating disorders
He spoke passionately about the cause, highlighting issues such as calorie counts being added to many menus across the country
While reading a message from the Dump The Scales activist, the Sky Sports presenter revealed more people die from eating disorders than any other mental disorder each year.
Horrifying statistics showed up to 20 per cent of all cases result in death.
As he broke down, fighting tears, Stelling said: “It’s 2023, eating disorders are being swept under the carpet.
“No one should be dying of an eating disorder in 2023.
“Those with eating disorders need action and help.
“And they need it now.”
He spoke passionately about the cause, highlighting issues such as calorie counts being added to many menus across the country.
Jeff also revealed that many are told by medical professionals that they’re “not thin enough” to be treated for an eating disorder.
Stelling has previously shared his opinions on Twitter, he wrote: “One part of society totally ignored and, worse, endangered.
“Lets hope all restaurants involved offer menus without calories as an alternative like Cote.”
“For those who ‘are not sure what the problem is’ educate yourselves over eating disorders”, he added.
“It is one of the least understood conditions in society today.”
This comes as the 68-year-old presenter recently announced his retirement from Soccer Saturday in an emotional speech on air.
He said: “I’ve been at Sky for more than 30 years and loved every moment of my time as part of the Soccer Saturday team.
“It is now the right time to move on and give Sky Sports viewers a break from my relentless rants, bad gags and over-the-top celebrations of Hartlepool United goals.
“It’s been a lot of fun – for me at least!”
His final broadcast – which will no doubt be watched by thousands of long-time fans of the show – will be on May 28.
And talks of his replacement are well underway, with Sky Sports presenter Julian Warren as one potential candidate.
And, SunSport reported earlier this month that Adam Smith – also known as ‘Smithy’ – is frontrunner for the role.
How to help
If someone you know is being treated for an eating disorder, their treatment team will play a big part in their recovery.
But do not underestimate the importance of your love and support.
It may help to:
learn as much as possible about eating disorders, so you understand what you’re dealing with
keep telling them that you love them and will always be there for them
make them aware of the professional help available
suggest activities they could do that do not involve food, such as hobbies and spending time with friends
ask them what you can do to help
try to be honest about your own feelings, as this will encourage them to do the same
try to build their confidence, for example, praise them for being thoughtful or congratulate them on something they’ve done
Contact Beat, the UK’s eating disorder charity, on 0808 801 0677 or Beateatingdisorders.org.uk.
The presenter spoke passionately about the cause
Stelling wanted restaurants to stop labelling calories next to food on menus
He said no one should be dying of eating disorders in 2023