American shock jock Howard Stern's string of abuse aimed at the size of the busty blonde actress Anna Nicole Smith inspired her to lose more than 32 kilogrammes (five stone).

The former model lost the weight within ten months whilst in hiding at her plush Hollywood pad after being stung by Stern's criticism.

The 36-year-old says, "I don't think it's right to call people fat, but all the talk show hosts and Howard Stern were always making cracks about my weight.

"It bothered me because no one cared why I'd gained so much weight.

"After going to court I turned to food for comfort, I was sick of all the jokes, so last April (03) I finally looked in the mirror and I was like, 'Oh my God, they're right, I'm fat!'

"I've been fat twice in my whole life and it was time for me to take control."

30/04/2004 19:35