'Fast-food addict' sheds 60kg after doctor's dire warning

Penny Burfitt
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

A self-confessed fast food addict who used to eat 20 McDonald’s chicken nuggets at a time and still feel hungry, shook her life up and shed almost 60kg in the process.

39-year-old Kathryn Mulkern from Maine in the United States said she was overweight from the time she was a child, but once she reached 127kg, her self-confidence was at an all-time low.

“I have always been overweight, there isn’t one photo from my childhood where I am not the big one,” she said.

Kathryn Mulkern befor her dramatic weight loss at her heaviest weight of 127 kg. Photo: Caters

“I suffered with anxiety and depression because I hated the way I looked so this would cause me to comfort eat.”

Her weight loss attempts consisted of meal skipping and binging for years, believing if she skipped lunch, it would compensate for overindulging of an evening.

She says though she knew she was obese, nothing but a deathly serious warning from her doctors managed to give her the motivation to change her life for the better.

“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,” she says.

Kathryn Mulkern after her dramatic weight loss. Photo: Caters

It was in 2014 that Kathryn joined Weight Watchers and left her old life behind.

“I feel disgusted by what I used to eat; I was slowly killing myself with every bite,” she said.

“As the weight dropped, I was shocked by what the human body was capable of and fell in love with lifting weights.”

Day on a plate

Kathryn's daily intake has shifted remarkably. Photo: Getty Images

She says before she changed her life she would put away a sausage and egg McMuffin with cheese, two large fries and a large fizzy drink for breakfast.

She would skip lunch then pull out all the stop when it came to dinner time.

20 nuggets, large fries and soda were followed with a double whopper from Hungry Jacks and washed down with a large fries and soda.

Now a slim 68kg, Kathryn’s food day looks starkly different.

Black coffee and protein shake are followed with two low-fat, multigrain waffles and half a cup of blueberries.

Lunch has been reinstated but kept light with a grilled chicken salad with light balsamic dressing to tide her over.

Dinner is a salad or protein and vegetables.

The jaw-dropping transformation Kathryn is showing off is clearly mirrored in her daily food intake, and she says she feels one million bucks.

“I feel blessed to be alive,” she said.

With additional reporting by Caters News

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