'I am one of those people who can put on weight simply by looking at a Twix': Under the microscope with Huw Edwards
23:38 GMT, 28 May 2012
The newsreader, 50, on constantly being on a diet, suffering from migraines and what keeps him awake at night
'I have never been a big drinker so this calorific nightmare is avoided,' said Huw Edwards
Better question: am I ever not on a diet I am one of those people who can put on weight simply by looking at a Twix. In my job there’s the added danger of high definition, widescreen TV, so I have to be careful. Luckily, I have never been a big drinker so this calorific nightmare is avoided, but I eat sensibly and hit the gym. I do boxing fitness training classes.
One of my colleagues is a world-class cake-maker and she brings in trays of buns and cakes to work. It’s impossible to say ‘No’, much as I should. I used to smoke as a student and when I started working, the newsroom was full of smoke. But I gave up overnight 25 years ago.
A burst appendix when I was 30. It was a sudden onset of acute pain and I felt relatively calm until the doctors started to look panicky. It’s an experience I will never forget as it took several weeks to recover from the emergency operation.
HAD ANYTHING ELSE REMOVED
Gall bladder. I’d suffered for months with what I thought was indigestion. In fact, the gall bladder was full of stones.
POP ANY PILLS
I suffer from migraines once a month. I take a couple of aspirin, but never Ibruprofen as it upsets my stomach. I also take plenty of multi-vitamins.
Tempting: 'In my job there's the added danger of high definition, widescreen TV, so I have to be careful,' said Huw
ANY FAMILY AILMENTS
None that come to mind. My father passed away, aged 75, two years ago, of pancreatic cancer, a disease that needs far more research investment. Diagnosis is difficult and, in my dad’s case, as in so many others, it came very late. He was diagnosed on Christmas Eve 2009 and within ten days he had died. It is difficult to come to terms with a sudden loss.
IS SEX IMPORTANT
Yes. None of us would be here otherwise!
EVER GOOGLED AN ILLNESS
Of course, but it can be a recipe for worry, so it’s not recommended.
EVER BEEN DEPRESSED
Most people experience some form of depression, and I’m no exception. But it’s more a case of just getting a bit tired and ‘down’ from time to time.
AS a student, plenty of water and paracetamol. But in recent years I’ve drunk relatively little. I find drinking too much can bring on a headache.
Biggest phobia: 'Crocodiles – so I'm certainly not going on a wildlife safari,' said Huw
I am usually a deep sleeper. If I stay awake, it’s usually to do with work. Setting the alarm for a very early call guarantees a bad night’s sleep.
Crocodiles — so I’m certainly not going on a wildlife safari. And heights — I once got to the top of a building and froze when I saw the drop, even though I was perfectly safe.
LIKE TO LIVE FOR EVER
Categorically not. If I live to a decent age and continue to enjoy good health, I’ll be very happy.
Huw Edwards will host the BBC’s Diamond Jubilee coverage, June 1-5.