Q& A

HAY­LEY LEWIS, THE BIG­GEST LOSER

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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.

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