HAYLEY LEWIS, THE BIGGEST LOSER
cop situation. Shannan and Michelle put in the hard yards with them, and I’m there to listen to their problems – the trainers won’t have any of that! It’s important to have someone there who will listen to you. I’ve noticed in the past that these people are away from their families and loved ones and
situation wasn’t the same, can you still relate?
Whether someone is obese, overweight or underweight, it all falls under the category of weight issues. I had a lot written about my struggles with weight, and while I wasn’t in the obese category and my health issues weren’t as extreme as some of the contestants taking part in The Biggest Loser, I think my issues stemmed from the fact that when I gained weight it was scrutinised in the media, talked about by coaches and commented about on a daily basis. That’s hard to deal with when you’re a teenage girl who put on 16 kilos in two years. I was in the overweight category – I was 88 kilos, which is very overweight for a female who is 171cm tall. That’s why it’s frustrating for me when people say ‘ What does she know about weight problems?’
But from a psychological and emotional viewpoint, you can understand where they’re coming from.
I defi nitely can. Maybe not to the extremes they’re going through but my own personal story means I can sympathise with them.