Dangerously overweight for most of her adult life, Holly was used to negative attention. But on this day, as she rested on a bench outside a shop, a spiteful attack by an elderly man really hit a nerve.
“He said I should be ashamed of myself,” she remembers. The public humiliation spurred her into a path of self–destructive binge-eating.
“I’ve always been an emotional eater who stuffed my feelings down with food.” The NSW student admitted to Woman’s Day.
Tipping the scales at a whopping 267kg, Holly was practically a recluse and extremely depressed.
Then, in 2012 on a routine visit to her Wagga Wagga GP she finally received the wake-up call she needed.
“The doctor told me I was dying. She said I would not live until I was 30 and that was three years away,” she explained.
This time was different. Holly knew she’d have to fight her toughest critic, herself.
Holly’s doctor recommended a gastric sleeve, but for the NSW student a $10,000 surgery was too much.
Confiding in her friends and loved ones, Holly revealed to Woman’s Day how they worked together to help raises the funds for her life-saving surgery.
Holly was overwhelmed with the support she received, and knew she had to do everything in her power to lose the weight to regain her life.
The 29-year-old, who has lost 167-kilograms, shared her phenomenal journey with Woman’s Day and is well on her way to achieving her dreams of being 75kg.
Check out her day on a plate, more amazing pics of her weight loss journey, and find out how you can help her lose that last 20kg by grabbing a copy of this week's Woman’s Day - on stands now!