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Love Island presenter Caroline Flack has opened up on the backlash the show has received for constantly showing gorgeous bikini-clad women.
The former X Factor presenter, 37, responded to the criticism that the ITV2 show portrays an “unrealistic body image” for young viewers.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Caroline said: “I guess it is, really, isn’t it?”
She continued: “I have nothing to do with the casting, so I can’t say why they pick certain people, but the type of people who apply are already quite body-confident, I guess.”
The body image debate has been ongoing throughout the programme, with some viewers taking to Twitter to voice their opinion.
Former contestant Jessica Shears has previously opened up on her battle with an eating disorder, and revealed that she was previously told she was “too fat”.
The stunning brunette had one of the most desired bodies in the villa, but since being evicted, Jess has been open about her body insecurities.
Jess, 24, revealed that she feared she would never make it as a model in the tough industry after being called “too fat” by agencies.
Luckily, Jess has now learned to love her curvaceous figure and has accepted the fact that she will never be very slim, “like her Love Island co-star Olivia Attwood”.
“I’ve been told that I wouldn’t amount to anything. But I have honestly learnt that I will never have a slim figure like Olivia. I will never have that figure.
“I only have one body to live in and I have learnt over the years that as long as I’m healthy then that’s all that really matters.”
She said: “I will never have a thigh gap, I don’t even want a thigh gap, and I love my curvier bottom half.
“I like bigger legs and bum on a girl anyway.”
Before entering the Love Island villa, Jess uploaded a video revealing that she used to “binge eat and make herself sick”.
Jess said: “Over the years I’ve had some struggles with my mental state and my mental attitude and my relationship with food and just with the way I handle stress.”
She continued to say: “My main struggles have been around my image.
“I’m a big emotional eater so I would binge eat because I would be in a bad mood or upset or whatever, and to counteract that I would be like, ‘I had no control over what stressed me out but I can control bringing it back up and not digesting it’.
“It became a really soothing thing for me. It was some kind of stress relief.”
Getting emotional, Jess added: “I would yo-yo in my weight a lot. I would go from being quite thin to curvier than I would wish to be and it just wasn’t healthy.”
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