Mum 'fat-shamed by flight attendant' loses 12st after ditching two things

Jennifer Louise before and after her weight loss
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A mum left devastated after being fat-shamed on flight has lost 12st. Jennifer Louise, 42, was travelling back from Lanzarote in May 2023 when a comment from a flight attendant left her "humiliated" and "ashamed".

Preparing for landing, the flight attendant insisted that Jennifer's armrest had to be down and claimed weight was "all about life choices". Tipping the scales at 24st and squeezing into a dress size 26, years of yo-yo dieting and mega portions had taken their toll.

She also found herself relying on caffeine and Rich Tea biscuits to get through her 40-hour work week as a proposals manager. Returning to the UK, Jennifer ditched the carbs and processed sugar in the bid to slim down. In the first year she lost 12st - more than half her body weight - and now weighs 12st 2lbs and fits a dress size 14.

Mum-of-one Jennifer, who is now a writer, from Bedfordshire, said: "I've been overweight most of my adult life, so I was used to strangers tutting and staring at me. But I didn't expect a professional to comment on my body while slamming an armrest into me.

"I felt ashamed and burst into tears. Unless you've struggled with your weight, you don't know how humiliating a comment like that is.

"That's when I knew I had to make a change. In four months I'd lost four stone and we got our puppy, Merlin, now nine months.

"He was the game-changer because it meant I had to go out and take him on walks - rain or shine. I'm half the woman I once was, but I've gained so much because I'm finally able to go into a shop and find clothes for my size. Above all, I'm finally the healthy mum my daughter needs - she tells me I'm 'even more beautiful' now."

Growing up, Jennifer always struggled with her weight and then piled on the pounds during her pregnancy with her daughter, nine, who was born in May 2015. After snacking all day at work she would then consume ''mega portions'' of dinner at home with her husband Stewart, 38, a procurement manager.

Despite trying diets and weight loss programmes such as Slimming World, Atkins and Keto, any progress Jennifer made would be scuppered by her emotional eating and dormant lifestyle.

Jennifer Louise before her weight loss with husband Stewart and her daughter
Jennifer Louise before her weight loss with husband Stewart and her daughter -Credit:Jennifer Louise/SWNS

She said: "I've been on a diet since I was 16, but nothing worked," Jennifer said. "I'd stick to whatever diet I was on at the time, but lose motivation.

"I didn't see the point of restricting myself for the sake of losing a couple of pounds a week. Soon enough, I was back to old habits. I also had no idea how to portion control and I was just sat at a desk all day."

But following the "humiliating" encounter with the flight attendant in May 2023 Jennifer decided "enough was enough". Enrolling in the Lighter Life weight loss plan in June 2023, Jennifer switched her carb-laden meals for meal replacement shakes.

"I couldn't believe how easy it was and the weight just melted off me,'' she said. "Getting Merlin meant I had no excuse not to get my steps in.

"I now do 18,000 steps a day. We're able to go on lovely long walks as a family on the weekend, which my daughter loves.

"I can now shave my legs with ease and fit in the bath. Parents at school treat me differently which is bittersweet for me because when I was fat, that's all strangers thought of me.

"I feel great about how I look, but knowing my daughter is proud of me is the real win. This year we're going back to Lanzarote - using a different airline - feeling confident for the first time in my adult life."