The Duchess of York Spends Time with a Family on One of the Poorest Council Estates in the UK

Having been a spokesperson for Weight Watchers for 10 years, the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, spends returns to the UK to tackle what she sees as an impending obesity crisis in this country. The cameras follow the Duchess as she leaves her New York base, moves into a B & B next to a Hull council estate, becomes acquainted with life there, gets to know the family and offers an insight to her experiences and motivations.

Used to her busy diary of business and charity commitments, her lifestyle is clearly poles apart from her Hull hosts, but the Duchess has gone through – and recovered from – issues that affect many families.

She now plans to use her experiences of eating disorders, low self-esteem, family conflict, financial crisis, divorce and bereavement, to help one family improve their lifestyle on a long-term basis.

In this new two-part series for ITV1 she will see at first hand the difficulties that low-income families have making ends meet while attempting to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Through her time with the family, she’ll learn about the hardships they face and the pressures that they live with on a daily basis. And she will advise her hosts on the facilities that they can use to improve their lives and the help that is available to them.

During her time in the US, the Duchess has become a highly successful businesswoman, as well as a popular figure with the public. She founded The Sarah Ferguson Foundation in 2006, the charity Children in Crisis in 1993, and is a long-standing patron to a number of British charities, including the Teenage Cancer Trust, Springboard for Children and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

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