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‘This is the real me’

Being told her BMI was too high for a kidney transplant was the moment everything changed for Pauline Obi. Here’s how losing 3st 5lbs helped save her life – and gave her that smile back

AULINE WEARS: Jacket, Noisy May. Top, Superdry. Jeans, River Island. Earrings, necklace and ring, all Lola Rose. Roller skates, helmet and knee pads, all Pauline’s own

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Pauline Obi, 35, is a Slimming World Consultant and lives in Manchester

Height: 5ft 3ins

Starting weight: 13st 6lbs

Weight now: 10st 1lb

WEIGHT LOST: 3st 5lbs

Pauline is a member of Yvonne Hall’s Slimming World group in Failsworth, Greater Manchester, and runs her own groups in Manchester

Looking around me at the three other patients in the renal clinic at Manchester Royal Infirmary, all with a loved one by their side, I wished I’d brought my mum with me. I already knew my kidney was failing and I’d need a transplant. Now my hopes were about to be dealt a blow.

The kidney consultant turned his attention to me and, in front of all the other people in the room, said: ‘Your BMI is too high for you to be considered for a transplant. It needs to reduce from 36 to 32.’

I’d always put on a brave face for special occasions, while secretly wishing I was invisible

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