Orpington mum tells how she became student slimmer of the year
PUBLISHED: 14:56 17 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 17 January 2013
Struggling to control her weight was a constant battle for student Emma Anthony, but shaking off the stigma has been as big a challenge as shedding the pounds.
Recently named Student Slimmer of the Year, the 23-year-old, of Edenbridge Close, Orpington has dropped five dress sizes to pursue her dream job as a hairdresser and ensure she is healthy enough to enjoy playtime with her first-born son, Aiden.
Despite being bullied for her weight in school, her decision to lose weight came after she reached 16st and was shocked by pictures of herself.
She said: “I have always been a big girl from the age of 12 and never realised how much it was affecting my life.
“I never knew how big I really was until about two years ago. After having my son we had a new year party and I was so embarrassed by the pictures taken.”
After joining the Rosemary Conley diet and fitness club in Sidcup, the former Sainsbury’s bakery assistant has dropped down to a size 10 and now weighs 9st 12lbs.
Her hard work paid off when she was handed her award by slimming guru Conley, along with £1,000, at a ceremony in London earlier this month.
However, Emma claims the biggest reward has been the boost in confidence.
“I feel so much better now”, she said. “I used to struggle to get up the road. I would have to sit down after five minutes.
“It’s such a great feeling to be able to run around after my son and be able to get down on the floor to play with him without struggling to get back up.”
Emma believes her weight affected her prospects as employers were put off by her size.
She said: “I have wanted to be a hairdresser for a long, long time. I had a problem where I would go to interviews and see it in their face that they didn’t want a big person working there.
“I never had the chance to get my foot in the door.”
Her weight problem began in childhood and was the cause of bullying at school.
She weighed 12st at the age of 12.
Already big, she piled on another two stones in her nine months of pregnancy which she says left her arms “as big as my thighs are now”.
However, while her weight hindered her career it did not affect her relationship with fiancé Paul.
She said: “He proposed to me last Christmas after I had lost all my weight, but he was with me from the time I was big and that showed me that he loves me for who I am.
“He has been great and I’m hoping that we’ll be able to visit his dad in Belfast because I’m in love with walking now and they have some great hills.”
Having kept her weight off for two years, Emma lives by a number of tips that include keeping the cupboards free of any temptation.
She added: “I think a key thing is to never give up on yourself and you will get there.”
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