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Huw Edwards reveals he fought depression after his father’s death but took up boxing to cope

Huw Edwards, 58, reveals he fought ‘a real kind of depression’ and felt ‘helpless’ after his father’s death in 2010 – but went boxing to cope

  • Huw Edwards, 58, struggled after father died of cancer in 2010 at the age of 75
  • Started eating to numb the pain and up to 16 and a half stones at most
  • Enlisted the help of boxer Clinton McKenzie and lost an impressive three stones

Huw Edwards has revealed how he battled depression – and took to boxing to face it.

The 58-year-old BBC newsreader shared how he struggled to come to terms with his father’s death in 2010, which is how he began to console.

He went on to explain that he continued to eat to numb his emotional pain, hitting 16-and-a-half stone at his worst.

“ It was kind of a depression about how I felt and where I felt, my dad and everything, ” he said to the Times’ Saturday Magazine. “I felt it had become quite overwhelming.”

‘The worst part was that I felt there was nothing I could do about it. I felt a bit helpless. ‘

Huw Edwards (pictured), 58, has revealed how he battled depression - and took to boxing to cope

Huw Edwards (pictured), 58, has revealed how he battled depression – and took to boxing to cope

It wasn't until Huw's mother Aerona warned him that he had been blown to the same weight as his late father that the broadcaster realized he needed to take action - enlisting the help of champion boxer, Clinton McKenzie.

It wasn't until Huw's mother Aerona warned him that he had been blown to the same weight as his late father that the broadcaster realized he needed to take action - enlisting the help of champion boxer, Clinton McKenzie.

It wasn’t until Huw’s mother Aerona warned him that he had been blown to the same weight as his late father that the broadcaster realized he needed to take action – enlisting the help of champion boxer, Clinton McKenzie.

The broadcaster admitted that while they never had a particularly sensitive relationship, “ he was still the one who told his father – academic and Welsh nationalist Hywel Teifi Edwards – the news that his cancer was terminal ten days before he died, at 75- age.

Huw went on to explain that he continued to present BBC News on Ten – and covered high profile events – including the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge – despite having time to fully come to terms with his grief.

However, his physical health was deteriorating and the newscaster admitted that he did not acknowledge anything was wrong until a revelation in 2017.

“In 2016-17 I had gained a lot of weight,” he explained. ‘I felt awful. I mean, physically. It’s like medicine. I ate when I wasn’t hungry. I didn’t exercise. I grazed, watched television, and ate stuff, even though I didn’t need it. ‘

Presenter and news anchor Huw Edwards arrives for his guest appearance at the Sandringham Women's Institute (WI) meeting in West Newton Village Hall, Norfolk, 23 January 2020

Presenter and news anchor Huw Edwards arrives for his guest appearance at the Sandringham Women's Institute (WI) meeting in West Newton Village Hall, Norfolk, 23 January 2020

Presenter and news anchor Huw Edwards arrives for his guest appearance at the Sandringham Women’s Institute (WI) meeting in West Newton Village Hall, Norfolk, 23 January 2020

In March, Huw was found to have a Covid-19-related case of pneumonia and had 'painful' limbs and no sense of smell and taste disappeared. Pictured, with 10am news on February 25, 2019

In March, Huw was found to have a Covid-19-related case of pneumonia and had 'painful' limbs and no sense of smell and taste disappeared. Pictured, with 10am news on February 25, 2019

In March, Huw was found to have a Covid-19-related case of pneumonia and had ‘painful’ limbs and no sense of smell and taste disappeared. Pictured, with 10am news on February 25, 2019

It wasn’t until his mother Aerona warned him that he had been blown up to the same weight as his late father that Huw realized he needed to take action.

At the suggestion of his wife Vicky, he took up boxing and running, and with the help of champion boxer Clinton McKenzie, Huw managed to lose an impressive three stones – while also significantly improving his mental health.

Huw went on to explain that McKenzie gave him a hand when it came to his diet: “He just says, ‘Eat sensibly. If you want a pint or glass of wine that’s fine. Just don’t overdo it and don’t eat ‘- in his words -‘ sugary slut. ‘

The father of five continued, “Getting physically fit meant getting more mentally robust.”

Last year, on World Mental Health Day last year, he wrote, “Big shout out to Clinton McKenzie who has kept me going for the past year.”

In March, however, Huw was found to have a Covid-19-related case of pneumonia and was left with ‘excruciatingly painful’ limbs and the sense of smell and taste disappeared.

Since then, the broadcaster has tested positive for antibodies against corona virus three times.

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