Image:Pexels Menopause has robbed me of my size 12 waist

She has wowed Strictly Come Dancing viewers after a glamorous makeover and wearing figure-hugging outfits.

But Ruth Langsford has lamented how she has ‘lost her waist’ to the menopause.

The 57-year-old said the hormonal changes have had ‘a huge effect’ on her weight and shape and she cannot seem to shift the extra kilos.

The This Morning host said: ‘I used to hear my mom and her friends talking about “thickening out”. I never really knew what they meant; now I do! I look at myself and think, “I’ve got no waist any more”.’

The mother of one, who has been ‘fighting’ the menopause since 2015, revealed that she has been able to manage her mood by taking hormones but said that nothing has helped with her figure.

She told Woman and Home: ‘I was a size 12 my whole adult life until I had Jack – and even then I went back to a 12 after probably a year – and now I’m a 14, a proper 14.’

The presenter, who is married to fellow ITV host Eamonn Holmes, made it to week eight in this year’s Strictly with her partner Anton du Beke.

Another celebrity who bemoaned ‘thickening up’ during the menopause is former presenter Carol Smillie, 55.

She told the Daily Mail: ‘It’s like you almost lose your waistline. It’s not a fatness it’s a straightening of the sides. It’s very strange.’