Kym Marsh recalls being a young mum with ‘practically nothing’ who struggled to provide for her kids

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Kym Marsh has candidly opened up about struggling to “make ends meet” as a young mum.

The former Coronation Street actress, 44, candidly revealed she was “living on practically nothing” in her younger years, before she shot to fame after joining pop band Hear'Say.

Kym is proud mum to 25 year old son David and 23 year old Emilie, who she shares with her ex Dave Cunliffe.

She later went on to have daughter Polly, nine, with ex husband Jamie Lomas. She also gave birth to a son Archie, who was tragically still born.

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The soap star was just 19 when she gave birth to her first son and candidly admitted she had struggled to “put food on the table” before her Hear’Say fame.

Writing in her exclusive OK! magazine column, Kym made the admission as she discussed the obesity crisis and its links to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kym wrote: “There has been a lot in the news about obesity after the government launched a strategy to get the nation fit and healthy in a bid to protect us against coronavirus and also protect the NHS from being pushed to its limits.

“But Leon founder Henry Dimbleby, who has launched the new National Food Strategy, has insisted more needs to be done for low income families and that children should get more access to nutritious food through free school meals, holiday food packages and discount vouchers.”

Backing the initiative Kym, who is also a proud grandmother, drew on her own experiences with motherhood before fame.

She continued: “I completely agree. Obesity is an issue we should be tackling and we also need to look at making healthy food an option for all families. The issue is healthy food is often much more expensive.

“The fact that junk food is advertised for how cheap it is is also a concern. If you need to feed your family but you struggle to make ends meet, it’s understandable that you could choose something less healthy as a quick and easy option.”

Kym added: “The other issue is unhealthy foods that present themselves as healthy. There are many products marketing themselves as having natural ingredients, but also containing a lot of sugar.

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“And I’ve seen microwave meals that are advertised as low calorie but are extremely high in sugar or salt. Not everyone has the time to read food labels or prepare meals from scratch with fresh produce.”

Former pop singer Kym candidly said: “I was a young mum living on practically nothing.

“It was hard to make ends meet and often you just want to put a meal on the table for your family – no matter what it is.

“We need to tackle the obesity crisis in this country, but we also need to look at low income families and their access to healthy food at a reasonable price.

“A healthy diet shouldn’t be something only some people can afford.”

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