Miriam Margolyes has recently made a candid revelation about her health in a recent interview on the How To Fail podcast and fears that she may soon be “in a wheelchair”.
Margolyes revealed that her weight has caused her to develop spinal stenosis, which has impaired her ability to walk. Never one to mince words, Margolyes blamed only herself for her issues.
“The one thing I have not conquered and should have conquered is my weight. I am a blubber mass. I am fat. And to be fat and 82 is truly pathetic,” Margolyes said.
“It’s such a defeat. A cream bun, a chocolate, a helping of chopped liver is more important than your health and aesthetic presentation?
“No it isn’t more important, it’s just greed, lack of discipline, all the things I’m embarrassed by in myself.
“It is a major failure and because of that I’ve got spinal stenosis, I can’t walk, I’m going to be in a wheelchair before I’m much older.
“I’ve limited my life because of my longing for fudge or chopped liver, cheesecake. All these absurdities, I shouldn’t have been so greedy, have been stronger. I f**k everything up by greed and I think it’s shameful.”
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In light of her lifestyle-related health issues, Margolyes was emphatic that people should take care of their health in older age and cited Queen Camilla as an example.
“I mean, look at Camilla, our Queen, she’s a good-looking woman, she’s got her body in trim. I like her as a person… She’s splendid and she’s taken care of herself,’ Margolyes said.
In regards to her own lifestyle and health Margoyles added, “It wasn’t joy, it was laziness, it was greed – and I regret it. I would like to be better looking, I would like to have a flatter tummy, and a stronger back and longer legs. But f**k it, here I am.”
Margolyes further revealed that her weight also made her self-conscious about her recent Vogue shoot. She said that she only agreed to the photoshoot under the condition that they wouldn’t show her stomach.
“I don’t want my belly in the photo because it’s too horribly fat and ugly,” Margolyes reportedly said to photographer Tim Walker.
In addition to her most recent health concerns, Margolyes has also developed heart problems. In May of this year, she underwent heart surgery due to a narrowing in her aortic valve and has said that she will require further surgery. She said that her recent health issues have made her confront her own mortality, but she was not scared about the prospect of death.
“Oh, every day, for sure. Every morning when I get up I think, ‘Hmmm, another day,’ which maybe I wasn’t expecting,” she said.