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Sharon Osbourne talks about weight loss struggle and food addiction

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March 2, 2014. Television personality Sharon Osbourne arrives at the 2014 Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Party in West Hollywood, California. (Reuters)

Gastric band surgery helped Sharon Osbourne lose more than one hundred pounds in 1999 but the massive weight loss didn’t make the talk show host feel good about herself.

"I felt [like] such a cheat when I had that band on my stomach, and people are saying, 'You look wonderful!'" the 61-year-old admitted to ET. "And I'd go, 'Thank you, I just have to leave and vomit.'"

Osbourne’s real issues were with food. “We all have our own little addictions that we do not in moderation but too much, and mine is food,” she confessed. “I mean, I am a food addict.”

Years later the former reality star has learned to control her urges thanks partly to a low-carb Atkins diet but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have slip ups. "I'd be fibbing if I said I don't cheat. Because I do cheat," she said. "I cheat a lot on my diet. We all do."

But now Osbourne doesn’t let those moments define her. “I don’t guilt myself out,” she revealed, “because the next day, I’ll start with my Atkins breakfast sandwich, and I’m right back on it.”

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