Britain’s biggest slimmer loses 30 stone – dropping from a size 42 to a size 12!

Britain’s biggest slimmer is ­celebrating her record-breaking weight loss… ­after shedding an astonishing 30 STONE. Alysson Wilson, 36, has slimmed down from 42 stone to 12 stone.

Her amazing feat has allowed her to fly abroad on holiday for only the second time in her life. For her previous plane journey Alysson had to book two seats because, at 45 inches wide, she was more than double the width of one.

She says: “My first trip abroad was a total nightmare and completely humiliating. I had to book two seats, which caused chaos with airline crew as we had to explain why we had five seats for four people. The flight was delayed by two hours while they sorted it out. I stood at the front and could hear ­people making snide remarks. It was mortifying. This time round one of the highlights of the trip was the achievement of simply being able to sit on one seat on the plane.”

Alysson’s holiday humiliation came eight years ago when she took her first foreign trip, flying to Spain with her husband Derek, 59, and daughters Paige, 17, and Grace, 14. She was a prisoner in the hotel because her size meant she could not walk very far and she was too fat for the wheelchair she was offered.

Alysson says: “I could only lie by the pool and sweat. I was forced to wear jogging bottoms and a big black swimsuit to cover up. It was ­sweltering.”

Although she had managed to find a bikini big enough, Alysson was too embarrassed to wear it in public. She says: “In one photo you can’t even see the bikini bottoms because of my flab. When I was sunbathing one family went by and I heard a little boy say, ‘Look mummy, there’s a whale’. I felt so embarrassed I went straight back to my room in tears.”

Alysson, from Middleton, Manchester, says she has struggled with her weight since she was a girl. By the time she was 15 she weighed 15 stone. Four years later, when she married Derek, she was up to 20 stone and in her twenties she put on 14 stone in just one year.

She says: “My eating habits were terrible. I wouldn’t have any breakfast then I’d eat a ham ­sandwich for lunch. For dinner I would eat a big bowl of chilli then afterwards eat steadily right through to 2am. I was eating anything I could get my hands on. Crisps, biscuits and carb-laden food. I broke my bed so often we had to get a new one every year. My husband had to make me a reinforced one from floorboard joists.”

After being taken to ­hospital with breathing ­difficulties and seeing herself in a mirror she finally realised she needed to act. She says: “It was the first time I’d looked in a ­mirror in years and I fell to the floor in tears.”

In 2006 she had gastric bypass surgery at Manchester Royal ­Infirmary, going from Size 48 to a 14, and reducing her waistline from 108ins to 30ins. She also ditched junk food and lost 20 stone in one year.

She says: “I got to the stage where I thought I’m going to die anyway and I didn’t want my children at my ­funeral to say, ‘Dad, why didn’t she try for us?’ So I thought, ‘I’m going to die trying’.”

Once she had lost weight, even her closest friends did not recognise her.

Alysson says: “One day I got a call from a friend. She said Derek must be was having an affair ­because she’d seen him with another woman. She couldn’t believe it when I told her it was me.”

And after her disastrous holiday in Spain, her recent trip to Bulgaria was a revelation.

She says: “We went to a water park and I swam in the sea for the first time and there were no stares or jibes. It felt like my first-ever holiday. Last time I had a bikini I was too ashamed to wear, this time I was able to get a nice tan and wasn’t worried about being stared at. Climbing out of the pool as a Size 12 was ­something I could never have imaged. It was a huge moment for me. I can never get used to fitting into Size 12 outfits. People don’t even recognise me now. I’m a quarter of the woman I once was. My life has completely changed. I have been given a second chance at life and I am determined to make the most of it.”


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