At her heaviest, Katy Mathers tipped the scales at 19st 6lbs after gorging on sugary cereals, meal deals and frozen pizzas.
The former student piled on the pounds during the years she studied English and History at the University of Leeds.
It wasn’t until she was snapped at her graduation ceremony in July 2017 which encouraged her weight loss journey.
Since her uni days, Katy has dropped seven dress sizes to a svelte 10/12 after losing a whopping 8st in just 15 months – with the help of WW – previously known as Weight Watchers.
“When I got my graduation photos I was mortified”
The 22-year-old, who now works as an editorial assistant, said: “When I got my graduation photos I was mortified what I looked like. I wanted to get a graduate job and I felt I would be judged by people.
“It was such a happy day because I was graduating but I wish I could go back and have that day again and be the size I am now.
“I cannot reconcile that it’s the same person. I’m completely different now.
“I feel like wanting to say that person there are good things to come. The future is bright.
“I spent so much of my life being that person, it’s like I have lived a completely different life.”
Katy, from West Yorks., had always struggled with her size and would often dread the summer holidays.
Now Katy is hoping to conquer the Three Peaks after discovering a love for walking.
Caroline Settle, who coaches the WW workshop at Shipley Northcliffe Church and Community Hall, said: “Katy is truly amazing.
“She has so much confidence now, she is not the same person, she goes out with friends, goes on holiday and really loves life.
“I am so proud of her. She is such an inspiration to other members in the Workshop she is full of energy and has a real zest for life.”
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