Obese mum weighing 20st loses half her body weight after son draws her as BLOB at school

A mum of four who tipped the scales at 20st found the strength to shed half her body weight after her son drew her as a BLOB at school. Meryem Davies was dangerously obese until her son Thomas, now aged five, brought home his drawing and shamed her into losing 10st. The 37-year-old looks completely different thanks to a lifestyle change which has left her a trim size 10. Meryem, from Pontypridd, South Wales, is also mum to Daniel, eight, and 15-year-old twins Jessica and Lauren. My children called me fat because they couldnt fit their arms around me when giving me hugs, he said. The drawing that inspired Meryem to lose an incredible 10st (Image: HotSpot Media) It was upsetting but the drawing was the final straw and I finally realised how my children saw me. Read MoreRelated ArticlesMorbidly obese man who had 3 years to live is unrecognisable My cheeks flushed red with embarrassment when I saw it but I didnt have the heart to tell Thomas that his drawing upset me. I signed up for Slimming World the next day. Meryem has struggled with her weight s

ince she was a teenager and, at 23 years old, she weighed 14st and wore a size 18 when she met husband Leigh, now 47, a driving instructor. Meryem a week before she started Slimming World weighed 20st and wore a size 24 (Image: HotSpot Media) Meryem, who stands at just 5ft 3in, says: Deep down, I was extremely embarrassed at my size - in fact, I was miserable. Feeble attempts at faddy diets over the years never worked - Id lose some weight then fall off the wagon again. Every morning, Meryem would polish off a huge bowl of sugary cereal with three slices of thick toast slathered with salty butter. Family dinners were cooked with jars of unhealthy ready-made sauce followed by calorific desserts. Read MoreRelated ArticlesExpert reveals the best tips for a flat stomach As Meryems love for food grew, so did her weight, and soon husband Leigh became concerned about her size. Meryem ate healthily in front of her hubby but, determined to keep her overeating a secret, would scoff her favourite snacks when he wasnt around. When I was home alone, Id secretly gorge on crisps and chocolate then stuff the wrappers in the bin to hide the evidence. I felt guilty but I loved food so

much. Thomas with his drawing that inspired his mum to lose an incredible 10st (Image: HotSpot Media) And not even a stark health warning from her doctor could

convince her to ditch her favourite junk food . My GP told me I was obese and at risk of a heart attack. His warning scared me but it still wasnt enough to shock me out of comfort eating even though I was desperately unhappy with my size 24 frame. My boys would beg me to play with them in the park after school, but Id have to sit and watch as I could barely walk without breaking a sweat. And theme parks were out of the question - the bar on the rides would never shut over my belly. Read MoreRelated ArticlesMinister sheds almost half his weight after ballooning to 20st During a family holiday to Centre Parcs, Meryem managed just two lengths of the swimming pool, before she was left breathless. And her children were even beginning to notice Meryems larger-than-life size. Thomas and Daniel would try to hug me but their arms wouldnt fit around my belly. Then, in February 2014, son Tho

mas proudly showed off a picture hed drawn at school. Meryem has lost an incredible 10st and says she feels healthy and well (Image: HotSpot Media) The image was a family portrait - with all memb

ers depicted as stick figures - except for his mum Meryem, who hed drawn as a round squiggle. The picture of me was a blob! It was the wake-up call I needed 

and I finally realised how my children saw me. I was eating myself into an early grave and I refused to let my kids be ashamed of their mum. The next day, Meryem signed up for Slimming World where she attended weekly meetings and weigh-ins. Shockingly, her 5ft 3in frame weighed in at 20st - with a BMI of 49.6. She says: Instead of my fatty feasts,

I learnt to cook healthy delicious stews and stir fries. Read MoreRelated ArticlesSix women strip naked to show off their new bodies after weight loss The weight dropped off me and, in 11 months, I lost 5st. Watching my waist shrink was incredible. By February this year, Meryem had shed a whopping 10st - losing half her body weight. Meryem on a family holiday with (l-r) Thomas, Daniel, Leigh and twins Lauren and Jessica (Image: HotSpot Media) Buying size 10 clothes for the first time in decades was an incredible feeling. Even though Im at my target weight, I still at

tend my weekly Slimming World meetings. Now Im a y

ummy mummy and Im bursting with energy. Best of all my sons can wrap their arms around me for a hug - something theyd neve

r been able to do before. And its all thanks to my childrens brutal honesty. Ill never take my health and bo

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