At more than 33, Harriet Peacock, 46, was the target of cruel taunts from strangers when she admitted she “ate herself to death” and needed intervention from her sister
Super skinny Harriet Peacock has revealed how she was forced to throw 20 stones after having food thrown at her in the street.
Online tutor Harriett, 46, said she was taunted with cruel taunts and even knocked over by strangers when her weight got out of control.
Now she’s lost more than half her body weight – from 33st 3lbs to just 13st 3lbs. And she also went down from a dress size 34 to 16.
She said: “Being very overweight has had a huge impact on my mental health.
“The fat shaming I had to endure was soul crushing. Once a group of men knocked me over, and to add to the humiliation, I couldn’t get up.
“Another time I was thrown a milkshake on the street. These incidents only pushed me further towards my comfort level – food.”
At her heaviest point, Harriet, from Bedford, Bedfordshire, weighed over 33rd and struggled to put her own socks on.
She shared how she gorged on chips, bread and cake as she struggled with the stress of changing jobs from a school teacher to an online tutor.
Harriet said she would even buy takeout and lie to people about what she had delivered because she was so embarrassed by the sheer volume of food.
She said, “I used to order Chinese food but lie and say I had friends nearby when I ordered so much, when actually I ordered everything for myself.”
Harriet’s health deteriorated and she could not drive because she did not fit behind the wheel.
She says: “I’ve been overweight my whole life but things really improved when I went from teaching in a school to tutoring online. I was very withdrawn and only wanted to associate with people I trusted.
“I put my heart and soul into my students, which often left me exhausted and looking for the next snack after work.
“I snored loudly and slept terribly, which only added to my fatigue.”
Harriet contacted her GP in a desperate plea for help, but claims she was “looked up and down” and told to “exercise more and eat less”.
It wasn’t until her sister Alison, 48, encouraged her to join Slimming World that Harriet found the courage to change her life forever.
Instead of cake and snacks, she now cooks baked feta noodles, salmon fillets or homemade curries.
And she was named Slimming World’s Greatest Loser, a competition that celebrates the achievement of the member with the greatest weight loss.
She said: “Joining Slimming World has challenged me to cook more. Now I love cooking so much.”
Typical before the diet
Three supermarket sandwiches with chips and candy bars A tear-and-share cinnamon roll Take-out pizza or fish and chips crumpets with butter and honey
Baked oats or porridge for breakfast with fruit or lean bacon medallions, Cajun salmon salad with flatbread for lunch, or jacket potatoes and cheese Moroccan lamb stuffed butternut squash for dinner, or baked feta pasta
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tutor-sheds-20st-after-years-26917561 The tutor loses his 20th spot after years of being cruelly mocked and having food thrown at him in the street