After two heart attacks, she was shocked into action.
Spreading thick layers of margarine across slices of white bread, Donna Macintyre devoured piece after piece for afternoon tea, enjoying the comfort of filling her hungry young stomach.
The then-eight-year-old had suffered yet another rough day at school, listening to taunts from other students about her weight, which was ballooning because of her fixation with food.
“Growing up, I knew nothing about food and ate a lot, which started when I moved primary schools and was bullied for being the new kid,” explains Donna, now 40.
“I loved baking and made lots of cakes with sugary icing. No-one told me it was unhealthy because I don’t think we were so enlightened about the disastrous impact of sugar and dairy back then.”
For the Aucklander, her parents’ kitchen was a confusing balance between solace and compulsion, where she ate away feelings of sadness that followed her right through to adulthood.
At her heaviest, the then corporate administration manager weighed over 130kg. But after not one but two terrifying heart attacks, she was forced to completely overhaul her life and diet, dropping 16 dress sizes!
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January 28, 2019