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Bullied teen becomes catwalk model after losing weight

2014-01-08 23:34:55

Max Eden
Before: Max Eden said he was mistaken for a man in his 40s when he weighed 21.5 stone (Picture: Max Eden)

An overweight young man who was bullied in the street by complete strangers lost nine stone in 18 months -and became a catwalk model.

Max Eden, 20, was tormented with taunts of 'Moobs', ‘Run, fattie, run!' – and was even compared to Family Guy's obese main character Peter Griffin - at his heaviest in 2012.

However, he then embarked on a healthy living plan and shed almost half his body weight.

Terrified of being abused in the street during daylight, Max started running at night.

Now weighing under 12.5 stone, he wants to help others to do the same.

Max Eden
After: Max's incredible transformation (Picture: Max Eden)

Max, from Cheshire, piled on the pounds after leaving school at 16 and started working in his family's delicatessen where he was 'surrounded by food'.

By the time he was 18 he had ballooned to 21.5 stone.

According to Mr Eden, three factors inspired him to change.

He told MailOnline: 'One was on the television, when someone was being interviewed and said he knew he'd never be a "thin person" and would always be "the fat one", which depressed me. I thought, I don't want to be "the fat one" and forever be fat.

Max Eden
Max says he has never felt fitter and wants to help others (Picture: Max Eden)

'The other thing that got me to change was at a music concert, when I stood up to dance and the people behind complained of a "fatty blocking their view".

'And the third was that whenever I went out for drinks with my mother, people would think we were a couple and that I was in my late 40s, even though I was in my teens.'

Now Max feels fitter than ever and he has even modelled on the catwalk in a fashion show in Manchester.

Max Eden
Role model: Max has appeared on the catwalk following his weight loss (Picture: Max Eden)


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