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Monday, 10 December, 2018

John McCririck plays down health concerns after shock reaction to weight loss

John McCririck during his TV appearance on Thursday
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Iconic racing figure John McCririck has played down fears over his health after concern was expressed on social media about his gaunt appearance on a Big Brother spin-off show on Thursday.

McCririck – known as Big Mac during a lengthy period as a pundit on Channel 4 Racing – said the weight loss had been deliberate but was accelerated by a spell of ill health last year.

"I've seen one or two tweets with people saying I look gaunt and everything," said 78-year-old McCririck on Talkradio on Saturday.

"I've lost a lot of weight but I always say you never see fat old men – you can't carry the weight around. I've been losing weight deliberately, and have not been helped by not being well in the last year or so.

"I had a very bad chest infection and things like that, and as a consequence you feel weak, you can't walk properly, eat properly."

He added: "I say to anyone who is ill – give yourself a target, something you will do in three or six months' time."

Responding to a well-wisher on Twitter, McCririck's wife Jenny – who he calls the Booby – said: "Thank you. Much appreciated. He is getting better but slowly."

In 2013 McCririck lost a high-profile age discrimination case against Channel 4. He claimed he was axed "by anonymous suits and skirts" after almost three decades with the broadcaster. 

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