Trio shed pounds to transform lives

Three award-winning slimmers have revealed how they shed a total of 32 stone (205kg) to transform their lives after enduring years of abuse, mocking, and comfort eating.

Three award-winning slimmers have revealed how they shed a total of 32 stone (205kg) to transform their lives after enduring years of abuse, mocking, and comfort eating.

The trio were given their accolades as part of this year's Rosemary Conley National Slimmer of the Year Award, along with a £1,000 cheque.

The biggest weight loser was nurse Nicky Pengelly, 46, from Suffolk. She suffered years of abuse from her mother's partner and then her husband, which led her to a weight of 21st 7lb (136kg), in the hope that men would not find her attractive.

After finding true love and starting to train as a nurse, where her uniform had to be specially made, she joined a local weight loss class and lost 11st 6lb (72kg).

The Young Slimmer of the Year title was awarded to 23-year-old Melissa Bridges from Tamworth, who struggled with her weight from a very early age.

After being tormented by classmates during education and having to get her uniform tailored to her shape, she suffered from a stroke aged just 20.

As her weight continued to yo-yo she decided that she needed to change her ways and lost a total of 11st 3lb (71kg).

Sophie Whelpton, from Ipswich, took home the Student Slimmer of the Year award after she decided to lose weight when her confidence plummeted at university.

During her time working in a call centre when she was aged 18, she piled on the pounds snacking on sugary drinks and treats from the vending machines.

At her peak Miss Whelpton weighed over 21 stone (133kg) and with the support of her mother lost 10 stone (62kg) in just two years.

The three winners received their awards at the annual presentation at the London Marriott, where they also took part in a photoshoot.