Olympian’s praise for inspirational Eden Harrison after weight loss

INSPIRATIONAL Eden Harrison has a newfound spring in her step after reaching the finals of of a national slimming competition.

The 21-year, who attends Bromborough Slimming World, made the final 25 in Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year 2020 competition after losing 4st 5.5lbs. During the final she met Olympian and Strictly Come Dancing winner, Louis Smith MBE.

The competition recognises the enormous achievements of young people in making long-term lifestyle changes to become fitter, healthier and happier.

Eden joined the Bromborough Slimming World group to feel more comfortable with her size.

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She said: “I knew my weight was an issue, and I was starting to become increasingly unhappy.

“I would feel uncomfortable in my clothes and I’d started to make excuses not to go out with my friends because I often felt self-conscious.

“I was encouraged to join my local Slimming World group by my parents and grandparents.”

“Everyone at my group is amazing and they’ve all been so supportive of me – no matter what their age.

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“My friends and family are really proud of what I’ve achieved – and I’m feeling quite proud of myself too actually.

“I am doing things now that before I lost weight I didn’t think were possible, I’ve started yoga classes and walking and I feel so much better for it.”

Eden has slimmed from 16st to 11st 8.5lbs and as a result of her incredible achievement, fellow members in the Bromborough group voted for her to represent them in the Young Slimmer of the Year 2020 finals, which were held at Slimming World’s head office in Alfreton, Derbyshire in early March.

Unfortunately, Eden was not the overall winner of the competition.

Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year 2020 will be announced later this month.

Praising Eden’s efforts, Strictly winner and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith MBE, said: "Health and fitness has always been important to me, especially when I was competing professionally at a young age, I understand that sometimes it can be difficult to make healthy choices.

"The changes that Eden has made to turn her life around are nothing short of remarkable.

"It just goes to show that with the right support and mindset, anything is possible.

"Everyone I met and all the stories I heard were really inspiring, the one thing that stuck with me though, was just how fondly they’ve spoken of their consultants and fellow group members, and how their support has played a big part in helping them achieve their dreams."

Tracy Mason, who runs the Bromborough Slimming World group which Eden attends, said: "I'm so proud of Eden. What she’s achieved is so much more than just losing weight.

"I've had the pleasure of watching Eden grow in confidence each week. Joining Slimming World has given her the knowledge and skills to make healthy choices and develop new active habits that will stand her in good stead for the rest of her life.

"I know she has a brighter future ahead of her now.

"Since our Young Slimmer of the Year competition took place, Slimming World made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend groups in order to keep its members safe and well during the ongoing pandemic.

"However, I'm keeping my members supported via a virtual group which is just as welcoming and a lot of fun.

"If you would like to find out more about Slimming World or joining my virtual group I'd love for you to contact me on 07455222708."