Gwen Stefani says being an overweight child has made her weight conscious.

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The No Doubt singer says she struggled with her weight when she was growing up and insists she has to work hard to maintain her figure.

Gwen – who is currently pregnant with her second child – said: “At school, I remember thinking that I wished I could like a girl that was so skinny and got to eat whatever she wanted. I always had to exercise. My weight fluctuated and I got chubby again in 11th grade – at like 16 – and then I was like, ‘You know what? I’ve had enough of this up and down thing!’

“So I got on the swim team and I was more determined not to be that chubby girl any more. Ever since then I’ve been able to control it, but it sucks. Nowadays I just try to realise how stupid it is, because nobody cares – except me!”

Gwen – who is now married to Gavin Rossdale – also revealed being overweight has made her insecure.

She added to OK! magazine: “I was never really a shy person, but during those teenage years you always have your insecurities, and I can remember feeling not too happy with the way I looked, wanting not to be fat.”