A student who was trolled by cruel bullies at school has told how she lost six stone and became a fitness model. Meghan Gilbert, 21, weighed nearly 15st (210lbs) after developing a binge-eating disorder that began during an all-inclusive cruise.
She had a body mass index (BMI) of 34.3, meaning she was severely obese, as years of bullying caused her eating disorder to spiral out of control.
Classmates made hurtful comments as they mocked her over the size of her quads, saying that they “jiggled” so much that “thunder struck” when she entered a room.
But after recognising how unhappy she looked in her senior year photographs three years ago, Meghan knew she had to drastically change her diet and start exercising.
Now, instead of being embarrassed by her legs, she works out to make them even more muscular and strong and is now wearing shorts for the first time in her adult life.
Meghan moved back home and started daily exercise in her local park before progressing onto developing her own workouts and getting a personal trainer.
Meghan said: “My body shape has completely changed, my face was a circle before, my neck and body is completely different, I look like a new person. “Before I didn’t wear shorts outside because I hated myself too much, now I can go outside in a bathing suit and feel confident that I’m beautiful.
“I see my legs as my strongest point and the asset I’m most proud of, I work on them all the time, while I still have some fat I love them. “It all starts with your brain, learning to love yourself changes your mindset completely, since achieving that I have been much more confident, happy and healthy than I have ever been.”