AT SCHOOL, Kate Parry said she never got a second look.
Weighing 115kg at her heaviest, Ms Parry never had a boyfriend and said was often called “fat” by her peers.
With no interest in exercising, and frequently eating Chinese takeaway for lunch four or five times a week, Ms Parry said her weight gain was a combination of laziness, time on the computer and a poor diet.
“My school was close to a Chinese takeaway, so we would go there most days for lunch which wasn’t ideal,” she told Hull Live.
“I was lazy, and I wasn’t interested in exercise, I hated PE (physical education) at school and I spent most of my nights after school sat on the computer.”
Ms Parry said she would avoid going out with friends, as she would often compare herself to their slimmer bodies.
“At first, I wasn’t bothered about my weight,” she said. “But all my friends at school had boyfriends and I never had one; no boys were ever interested in me.”
But since leaving and becoming a sales assistant, the now 25-year-old has shed almost 40kg by training four to five times a week, and hopes to become a fitness instructor to help others follow her lead.
“I had it in my head that I wanted to lose weight and feel good about myself,” she explained.
“Once you see results from all the hard work it makes you even more motivated to achieve more.”
Ms Parry said she used a personal trainer for six months, and made sure to include weight training and drop her diet of takeaway and late-night chocolate treats.
“I usually eat porridge for breakfast, tuna, rice and vegetables for lunch and then dinner usually consists of (vegetarian meat substitute) Quorn with potatoes and vegetables,” she said.
Miss Parry said she also refused to weigh herself, and now measure her weight loss and progress on how her clothes fit her body.
“I don’t believe that the number on the scale represents anything at all,” she said.
“It’s just a number and in the past I’ve got to a point where I became obsessed with weighing myself and it made me unhappy.
“Fitness is something I am passionate about and I’d love to help others who don’t think they can lose weight and feel good because you can achieve anything.”