By Lucy Notarantonio
An obese fast food addict who used to snaffle boxes of 20 McDonalds chicken nuggets at a time and still feel hungry has lost an incredible 9 st 5lbs and six dress sizes.
Kathryn Mulkern, 39, said she has been overweight since a child and her self-confidence was at an all-time low after she reached 20st.
The office worker from Maine, US, revealed that she would eat McDonalds for breakfast and dinner – and the only variation would be when she went to Burger King for a change.
She believed skipping lunch would compensate overindulging of an evening but after a lifetime of eating fast food – she joined weightwatchers almost five years ago and has maintained her size ten frame since.
Now the gym goer feels more confident than ever flaunting her 10st 3lbs body.
She said: “I have always been overweight, there isn’t one photo from my childhood where I am not the big one.
“I am from an Italian and Irish background, so our diet was full of pasta and breads, it was so good for the soul but not for my body.
“As I got older, I continued eating sweets and then takeouts when I moved out of my family home.
“It was easier to grab a McDonalds on my way to work and then on my return, I knew I was obese, but I thought if I skipped lunch then it would be OK to stuff my face on the evening.
“I suffered with anxiety and depression because I hated the way I looked so this would cause me to comfort eat.
“My blood pressure was through the roof and my cholesterol was terrible, the doctor warned me if I don’t lose weight, I will eventually die.”
Kathryn looked at her bulging waistline and decided ‘enough is enough’ by joining weight watchers in 2014.
She swapped her food addiction for the gym and dropped down to 8 st 6lb but has since gained muscles making her 10 st 3lbs.
She adds: “I feel disgusted by what I used to eat; I was slowly killing myself with every bite.
“As the weight dropped, I was shocked by what the human body was capable of and fell in love with lifting weights.
“It isn’t about the number on the scale anymore for me, it is how I feel on the inside which is healthy and good.
“I feel blessed to be alive.”