A Liversedge woman who dropped seven dress sizes in just over 12 months was today named one of Britain’s slimmers of the year.
Debbie Plumpton, 43, won the title of Super Fit Slimmer of the Year after shedding 7st in just over a year.
Ms Plumpton, who used to weigh 16st 5lb and wear a size 24, embraced exercise to become a size 8/10.
The mother, who weighs 9st 5lb, now makes time to do 35-40 minutes of exercise each morning.
The top prize in the Rosemary Conley Diet and Fitness Magazine annual awards went to a 22-stone woman who lost half her body weight after struggling to get pregnant because of her size.
Laura Mack, 28, of Staffordshire, lost more than 11st and will pick up her award today along with 11 other slimmers.
Ms Mack, from Tamworth, who used to weigh 22st 3lb and wear a dress size 26/28, decided to lose weight after she visited a fertility clinic and was told her weight was stopping her becoming pregnant.
The Yummy Mummy Slimmer of the Year winner managed to drop down to a size 12 and has since given birth to two boys aged two and three.
Nurse Charmaine White, 52, from Exeter, lost 8st 7lb after three decades of failed dieting and picked up the Over 50s Slimmer of the Year award.
Ms White, who used to weigh 19st and wear a size 24/26, said: “Before I lost weight, I was self-conscious about giving advice to my patients and wasn’t a very good role model.”
She now wears a size 12/14 and weighs 10st 7lb which has improved her health.
The Biggest Loser Slimmer of the Year award went to 26-year-old Liz Knight, from Lancaster, who was morbidly obese and struggled to stand up.
Ms Knight, who used to weigh 25st 10lb and wear a size 32/34, lost more than half her body weight to bring her down to a size 14 and a healthy 11st 4lb.
She is now training as an exercise-to-music instructor to help others lose weight.
Emma Anthony, 22, of Orpington, Kent, shed 6st 2lb to beat school bullies and become the Student Slimmer of the Year.
Ms Anthony, who used to weigh 16st and wear a dress size 18/20, was bullied for her weight at school and felt her size 18 frame was holding her back from her dream of becoming a hairdresser.
Now as a confident size 10/12 weighing 9st 12lb, she is finally studying hairdressing at college.
Diane and David Wanklyn, a Tamworth couple, were crowned the Mr and Mrs Slimmers of the Year after shedding 14st 12lb between them.
Mrs Wanklyn, 46, used to weigh 21st 2lb and wear a size 24/26, while Mr Wanklyn, 54, weighed 16st 4lb until the couple joined forces to tackle their weight problem.
Nurse Julie Oliver from Hertfordshire shed 7st 10lb whilst battling breast cancer and was named Health Professional Slimmer of the Year.
Ms Oliver, 48, dropped eight dress sizes to become a slim size 8/10 and now weighs 10st 4½lb.
Mother and Daughter Slimmers of the Year Lynn and Hollie Bennington, from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, both swapped a size 22/24 for a size 12, losing almost 14st between them.
Mrs Bennington, 53, dropped from 16st 8½lb to 10st 8½lb while her daughter, 23, saw her weight fall from 19st 10lb to 11st 13lb.