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In a class of her own

Once bullied for being overweight, school teacher Anna Crooks is now confidently taking her place at the blackboard. Here’s how she lost more than 5st and gained a new start in life

ANNA WEARS: Dress, Oasis. Shoes, Lisa Kay London. Necklace and bangle, Lola Rose


Anna Crooks, 21, is a primary school teacher and lives in Horsforth, West Yorkshire, with her mum and dad

Height: 5ft 2ins

Starting weight: 13st 11lbs

Weight now: 8st 9½lbs

WEIGHT LOST: 5st 1½lbs

Anna is a target member of Anne Sharma’s Slimming World group in Horsforth

As I watched the rows of excited little faces looking up at me, I knew I had made the right choice. It was my first day in my new teaching post and I took a moment to reflect on just how far I’d come. Standing confidently in front of my class, I remembered a time when school had been the very last place I wanted to be.

Throughout primary school I was the largest girl in my class, and the other kids in school made sure I knew it. Their taunts made me so unhappy and withdrawn that all I could think about each day was getting home to my loving family.

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July’s Slimming World magazine is the ultimate motivation issue! Be inspired by four super slimmers who feel 10 years younger since losing more than 21st between them, then get your own slimdown started with our 7-day eating plan. Stuck in a recipe rut? Shake things up with our lightened-up Italian classics and clever iced desserts. And discover how both mindfulness and music could bring something new to your weight-loss campaign. We’re here to help you freshen up your focus and achieve your weight-loss dreams.