Chanelle Hayes says years of yo-yo dieting left her going bald.
The former Big Brother star has fluctuated between a size six and a 20 since she rose to fame on the reality show.
The 32-year-old has always maintained a body-positive attitude, and has stripped off for various naked shoots over the years at varying sizes.
But going up and down in weight has taken its toll on her.
Mum-of-two Chanelle has had a number of serious health issues, including back problems and knee joint pain, as well as being warned by doctors that she could become diabetic if she didn't adopt a healthier lifestyle.
And now, she says her weight loss and gain over the years has left her hair thinning to the point that she recently underwent a hair transplant.
She told Closer magazine: "I always hated my forehead, but my weight gain and loss has really receded my hairline and thinned out my hair.
"Gaining weight also changed my face. So this transplant is just one thing to get me on my way to feeling better about myself."
Chanelle had a tough time when her partner Ryan Oates left her just two months after she had given birth to their son Frankie, now two.
Chanelle, who is also mum to nine-year-old Blakely, said the main goal for her now is looking after her health, rather than worrying about how much she weighs.
She said: "I think my weight will always go up and down, but I've learned now that my health is paramount. I want long-lasting results, not just a quick fix.
"I'm currently focusing on healthy eating and lots of protein. I had problems with my back when I was bigger, so now I'm exercising in a low impact way, like walking. I'm training to do the 100km Lake District Walk later this year for charity."
Last month, Chanelle was pictured with a bloodied scalp after having her hair transplant.
She was pictured leaving the Farjo Hair Institute in Manchester, where she had spent 12 hours undergoing the painful-looking procedure.
Her new hairline showed a dramatic change to her natural one.
The top of her head was seen covered in blood where new hair follicles had been implanted by doctors through small incisions.
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