Holly Bolton, 18, has struggled with her weight since she was 12 years old, and said doctors started noticing her weight was becoming an issue, she was referred to a dietitian, and said: “It wasn’t a nice experience at all, I had hospital appointments which I found really traumatic” and continued: “At 12 I was told I wouldn’t be able lose the weight without surgery, which is quite a lot to process at such a young age.”
She said the medical warnings did not encourage her to shed the pounds, and had the opposite effect as she felt “ashamed” and found comfort in food.
Holly said: “It came at a time when I was being badly bullied at school as well, so it was all just too much. I couldn’t see how I would ever lose weight.”
Holly, weighed over 18st when she decided to take action to reduce her weight, and she’s now around 10st and be named Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year 2020.
The student turned to a carefully controlled Slimming World diet, and now is a size 8 with a passion for exercise and a new-found confidence.
She said that previously she avoid physical activity because it left her out of breath after a few minutes, but now she loves challenging herself. “I started going to the gym which is such a big thing for me, even having the confidence to walk into a gym is something I never could have done when I weighed 18st.”
During the coronavirus lockdown, Holly has been attending her weekly sessions online, as the slimming groups are temporarily suspended.
She said she is loving the support from fellow members and it is helping to keep her motivated.
Holly added: “It’s a difficult time for everyone but as long as we’ve got the support of each other we’ll be OK, with so much going on in the world it’s easy to lose sight of your goals, or to have your routine disrupted, and being in the group helps you focus on what you want to achieve.”
Thanks to her Slimming World experience, Holly is now is a size 8 with a passion for exercise and a new-found confidence.
Proud of you Girl !!
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