Vicky Pattison posts throwback before and after photo of herself when she ...

Vicky Pattison took to Instagram on Thursday to share a before and after picture of herself from when she used to 'obsessively' exercise in pursuit of the 'perfect' body.

The former Geordie Shore star, 32, admitted 'my heart breaks when I look at this' and says she wishes she could give her old self a 'hug' amid her then battle with her weight.

Alongside the snaps, Vicky shared an inspirational caption in which she declared that 'being thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy' and shared that she now has a 'healthy relationship' with food and exercise.

What a difference: Vicky Pattison took to Instagram on Thursday to share a before and after picture of herself from when she used to 'obsessively' exercise in pursuit of the 'perfect' body

What a difference: Vicky Pattison took to Instagram on Thursday to share a before and after picture of herself from when she used to 'obsessively' exercise in pursuit of the 'perfect' body

In the left hand side of the picture, Vicky sported a very trim physique, with a slender waist and legs, while she stared sadly at the camera.

In contrast, the right hand side Vicky had a significantly fuller figure , with the star flashing a broad smile at the camera while holding a dumbbell aloft.

Captioning the image, Vicky discussed how she wished she could speak to her younger self and tell her that she's not defined by how she looked or a 'number on a scale.'

She said: 'My heart breaks when I look at this. I wish I could give the girl on the left a hug. I wish I could tell her that things get better. That her self worth is not defined by a number on a scale. 

Heartbreaking: The ex Geordie Shore star, 32, admitted 'my heart breaks when I look at this' and says she wishes she could give her old self a 'hug' amid her then battle with her weight

Heartbreaking: The ex Geordie Shore star, 32, admitted 'my heart breaks when I look at this' and says she wishes she could give her old self a 'hug' amid her then battle with her weight

'That being thin doesn’t mean you’re healthy. And having a thigh gap wont make you happy. 

'I wish I could tell her that women aren’t meant to be perfect- we’re all meant to be perfectly imperfect! Our lies in our uniqueness! 

'We’re not all meant to look the same or even want to look the same- so stop striving to look like everyone you see in the magazines or Instagram & start embracing who YOU are!'

Delivering an empowering message to women, she continued: 'Women are meant to be curvy, or maybe slim, we’re meant to have big boobs or little ones! 

Reaching out: Captioning the image, Vicky discussed how she wished she could speak to her younger self and tell her that she's not defined by how she looked or a 'number on a scale'

Reaching out: Captioning the image, Vicky discussed how she wished she could speak to her younger self and tell her that she's not defined by how she looked or a 'number on a scale'

'We’re meant to have lumps, bumps & cellulite too! We’re meant to laugh, to love, to enjoy a g&t or nail a cheeseburger every so often, we are meant to travel, fall in love, have families & make friends.. We are meant to do exactly what sets our soul on fire!

'We are meant to be whoever we want to be & do whatever makes us

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