While the new year might inspire you to execute the “new year new me” regime and be inspired to lose weight after the holiday season. While that decision is perfectly acceptable as long as you’re making it yourself, for McDonald’s worker Gemma Hilton, her decision was propelled by the abuse she received while working at the fast food chain.
The 20-year-old was previously a size 24 and would have abuse hurled at her when she worked the drive-thru, including being called “McFatty”.
“Being called ‘McFatty’ was so humiliating. I worked in the drive-thru and people would shout it to me through the window as they drove past. I was really embarrassed but it didn’t stop me eating. Every shift I worked I had a McDonald’s meal plus loads of sides and then I would get home and have my dinner.”
“I would usually have a large chicken select meal with a large chocolate chip frappe, mozzarella dippers and a McFlurry. I would dress like I was a 50-year-old woman to cover my bulging stomach; I wouldn’t even get ID’d in shops as I looked that old.”
Then, Gemma started the Cambridge diet, and is now a size 10-12 after having lost 6 stone.
Since losing the weight, Gemma has also started her dream job as a hairdresser.
Apparently, Gemma was always a chubby child, but really started putting weight on when she was about 14-years-old.
“When I went to college I would eat anything and everything that I shouldn’t. On the way to the bus stop I would stop off and buy sweets and chocolate; my favourites were spearmint chews, I would buy them from the pound shop and eat two big bags a day. Every night on my way home I would get a takeaway, usually a big portion of chips and family sized bag of chocolate. But after being humiliated so many times, I realised enough was enough.”
Screw you to the customers who made her feel so badly. We’re happy for you, Gemma.