Bexleyheath slimmer meets Olympic star at slimming awards
PUBLISHED: 14:56 27 May 2016 | UPDATED: 14:56 27 May 2016
The event was held to recognise the achievements of young slimmers
A teenager from Bexleyheath met a British Olympic star this month when she reached the semi-finals of a national slimming competition after losing 5st 4lbs.
Chloe Wildish, 17, met Olympic silver medallist and British 400m record holder Iwan Thomas after making the final 30 in Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year 2016 competition.
After joining the Bexleyheath branch of the organisation, she went from 14st 6lbs to 9st 2lbs and was nominated by other members of the group to represent them in the finals, although unfortunately she was not the overall winner.
She said: “When I was bigger I always felt as though I didn’t fit in and that was really hard.
“It seemed like all of my friends were slim, happy and loving life, while I just spent all my time worrying about my weight. I became bigger after losing my dad at the age of seven and turned to food for comfort.
“At first I was nervous at the idea of joining Slimming World because I thought that my friends or family might tease me or that the people at the group would judge me for being overweight at such a young age.
“That was how I felt after being bullied and taunted at school for my size and the way I looked. I shouldn’t have worried though because everyone in the group was really lovely.
“Throughout the past three years I found I had lots of food intolerances due to a form of bowel disease, and although I’ve had to make some swaps I’ve been able to adapt the plan to my needs. Understanding my relationship with food has been a real eye opener and I’ve learned how to cook a bit.
“I feel as though I’ll be able to keep up this healthy way of life forever – which is something I never thought I would say! I’ve got so much more confidence now too and don’t feel like the ‘odd one out’ anymore, which feels great.”
Mr Thomas commented: “It was a real honour to meet all of the young slimmers who made it to the semi-finals of the competition; they’ve achieved so much and should be really proud.
“Obviously health, fitness and nutrition have formed a huge part of my life and my career, so it’s a pleasure to see that so many young people have turned their lives around by eating healthily and taking up exercise.”