A woman trying to lose weight says she felt humiliated after being told she was “way too heavy” to take part in a boot camp
Lisa Parratt weighs 25 stone and has been desperately trying to shed some weight.
The 33-year-old from Market Harborough has been diagnosed with anxiety and depression too.
She signed up at a gym about three months ago but at first was too anxious to go.
Eventually, with the help of her seven year-old emotional support Patterdale Terrier, Shadow, she managed to gather the courage.
So far she has lost two stone and felt motivated to keep going to build her confidence.
She reached out to a personal trainer on Facebook Messenger to try and get involved with his boot camp – but the reply she received left her in tears.
“I was at my parents house and I was sat across the room from my mum, and she saw I was looking at something,” Lisa said.
“Shadow was also circling to try and distract me, but I was up on a bar stool near the kitchen counter so she couldn’t quite reach me.
“When I got the message I froze, I literally froze; my mum knew something had hit me.”
In his message the personal trainer wrote: “I’m sorry to say I won’t be able to help you at bootcamp, you’re way too heavy now so I hope you get where you want in your fat loss journey.”
In a further message he added: “You’re just too big for my boot camp, that’s all. If you lose about 5 stone of fat I’ll be able to help you achieve your goals.”
He also said that the training he offers wouldn’t suit Lisa at her current weight.
Lisa said the messages left her in floods of tears. After a few hours she decided to share what happened on Facebook.
Lisa added: “Originally I only posted it for my friends and family, but then someone said you should make it public, so that’s what I did.”
Since then she has received plenty of support.
Lisa said she posted the messages to raise awareness of just how much words matter.
“When you’re talking to someone with mental health issues the words you use could have a detrimental effect on them,” she added.
“I’m really grateful for the support people have given me.”
She said this won’t stop her from continuing her weight loss journey and had a message for people who might be going through a similar situation to her.
“You have to get up, I’m going to continue to lose weight, but not because of him, for myself, no one else,” she said.
“The majority of people are very very supportive it’s the absolute minority that are not.
“People will be more proud of you for wanting to change than judgemental, just do it.”