Celebrity health and fitness trainer Michelle Bridges says the junk food industry is making children sick – and having a baby has made her more determined than ever to tackle the issue head-on.
“We’re now seeing children that potentially have a lifespan shorter than their parents. Never before have we ever seen that globally,” Michelle says.
“I’d like to get out there and start fighting the fight for others who can’t fight the fight.
“The truth of the matter is they sell crap food and make people sick and that makes me angry.”
The fitness expert reveals her plans in her first television interview since becoming a mum to baby Axel at 45. She also talks candidly about her relationship with fellow Biggest Loser trainer ‘Commando’ Steve Willis in the Australian Story episode, due to screen on ABC TV Monday night.
Michelle, who grew up in working class Newcastle, was last year named on the BRW list of Australia’s richest self-made women. Her fitness empire is worth an estimated $53 million.
“That was a very difficult time. I felt that I didn’t want to leave the relationship, I didn’t want it to end but Michelle wasn’t in the same space,” Bill Moore tells the program.
When she split from Bill and began a relationship with her Biggest Loser co-star, it created a sensation for gossip columnists and photographers.
“Gosh, when it was identified that Michelle and I were in a relationship, the paparazzi! And the stories,” Steve recalls.
“There will be things that have to come out of my life in order to have this whole new chapter, and that’s absolutely fine,” Michelle says.
The episode will give a behind-the-scenes look at Michelle’s life with baby Axel, four months – but it wasn’t a path her own mother thought she would follow.
“It never entered my head that she would have a baby, I thought no, she’s a career girl,” says Michelle’s mum, Maureen Partridge.
Take a sneak peek of the episode here:
Australian Story airs on Monday, April 18 at 8pm on the ABC.
(images via Instagram and ABC)