Kennel supervisor Hayley Bienert, 27, from Irvine, California, described herself as always being a ‘little bit chubby’ after growing up without a father figure in her life and being in a toxic relationship with her ex-husband who constantly put her down.
This cycle drove Hayley to binge eat and saw her reach 224lbs and a size 14.
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Before her dramatic weight loss, Hayley would eat a foot-long subway, bag of crisps and four cookies for lunch, which would be washed down with a coke. Fast forward three years and Hayley has swapped junk and sugar for meals packed with lean turkey, chicken, fish and vegetables. She is now 140lbs and a size 4.
She said: ‘Growing up with a father who would rather play video games than help his daughter build a birdhouse can cause issues later on in life.
‘It was an accumulation of the way I grew up and the toxic relationship I put myself in with my ex-husband. I have always been a little bit chubby, and when my ex and I got married we partied a lot and ate horribly.