An obese woman has worn a bikini for the first time after beating her addiction to cheese and onion chips.
Simone Fielding, 28, from Blackburn in the UK, weighed 102.5kg after gorging on her favourite savoury snack.
Due to her bulging waistline, and her love of takeaway pizza, Simone couldn’t fit into her size 18 clothes and refused to buy a bigger size.
She dreaded summer holidays, and was left mortified when she was forced to hide under dark baggy clothes around the pool.
But finally, after ditching the calorific snacks, Simone has lost more than 35kg and was finally able to fit into a size 10 bikini during a holiday to Portugal.
Simone, a customer service manager, said: “I couldn’t believe how big I’d allowed myself to become, I was addicted to food, especially cheese and onion crisps.
“I would snack on bags throughout the day and then of an evening, after a takeaway pizza, my partner and I would open a sharing bag and eat the whole lot.
“I felt humiliated on summer holidays and I also dreaded shopping for new clothes. I could barely fit into a size 18 and I refused to go any bigger.
“When I was at my biggest people would stare at me, but since losing the weight no one bats an eyelid. I finally feel comfortable in my body.
“It felt amazing to finally wear a bikini, and because I wasn’t used to putting cream on my stomach I burnt it on the first day.
“I’ve even ditched my addiction to crisps, and even though I do treat myself occasionally I try and stick to Weight Watchers alternatives.”
When Simone met her partner, Guy, in 2012 she could squeeze into a size 14, but due to their unhealthy lifestyle, her weight slowly crept up.
She added: “In the first three years of our relationship my weight had gone up by 19kg, I became comfortable around Guy and didn’t watch what I ate.
“We regularly had takeaways of an evening, our favourite were large meat feast pizzas, and I would eat Guy’s leftovers every night.
“I didn’t do any exercise and became breathless after walking up and down the stairs at work.
“In 2014 we went on holiday with Guy’s family to Turkey, I hated having my body on show and wanted to hide away.
“No matter how many sarongs or cover-ups I put on I couldn’t hide my bulging stomach.
“For Valentine’s day in 2015 Guy made a reservation at a restaurant and wanted to take me shopping for a new outfit.
“I couldn’t find anything that I liked in a size 18 and I refused to get a bigger size.
“I had a breakdown in the middle of a shop, I stood there sobbing whilst everyone watched. It was so awful and we didn’t end up going out for the meal.
“That was a real turning point for me and the week later I joined Weight Watchers.”
Simone lost 4kg in the first week and finally reached her goal weight of 66.5kg in April last year.
The following month the couple booked a trip to Portugal and Simone slipped into a bikini for the first time in her life.
Simone said: “On the first day I was really conscious, I had never wore one before and so I didn’t know what the reaction would be.
“But after a few hours I felt like a new woman, I can now wear shorts and vest tops and I can also finally get a tan as I don’t have to completely cover up my body.
“Guy was really supportive and my weight never bothered him, but looking back he admits that he didn’t realise how big I was.”