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One woman has revealed that she is feeling better than ever after overcoming a difficult food relationship that she has struggled with since childhood.
TikTok star Daniella Hemsley, 21, from Birmingham, explained that she turned to food for comfort when her parents split up when she was 12 years old and went into a dark place during her teens, eventually dropping out of school.
However, at the age of 15, Daniella decided she wanted to start living a healthier lifestyle and said she feels more confident than ever after losing 4th.
TikTok star Daniella Hemsley, 21, from Birmingham, explained that she turned to food for comfort when her parents split up when she was 12 years old and went into a dark place during her teens, eventually dropping out of school. In the picture, Daniella before her weight loss
Daniella, pictured after her weight loss, said she’s feeling better than ever after focusing on her health and fitness
Daniella explains: “My parents split up when I was 12 – it was during my transition to high school from primary school – and it really touched me.
“I felt very alone and turned to food for comfort as it was my escape. I would just eat and get bigger.
‘I would eat up to 8,000 calories in one sitting: a whole pack of cookies, six bags of chips, an entire chocolate bar and ice cream. I would eat more than be full and then I would be terrified of eating so much.
“I have stopped taking care of myself. I didn’t shower or wash my hair, I wore baggy clothes to hide and I was really unhappy, but it was a vicious circle. I would hate myself and then feel bad and eat more.
“I stopped going to school because my mental health was deteriorating and I didn’t have any friends either. I had no life and I did not take care of myself.
“I didn’t know what to do, everything I saw on television would make me cry, people looked so happy, and that’s what I wanted. I was in a dark hole.
The social media creator, depicted as a girl, turned to food as comfort when her parents split up when she was just 12 years old, but later decided she wanted to live a healthy life
Daniella, pictured during her weight loss journey, discovered a newfound confidence after she started exercising
‘But one day something clicked – both my sisters are very slim and have never struggled with weight or food – but something in me said enough is enough and I did something about it.
“Six months later I went to a gym, I knew nothing but the treadmill. I learned some exercises from one of the personal trainers who offered to help me, and that’s when I really got into it and started lifting weights.”
At age 16, Daniella started bodybuilding and then went back to school in Year 9, before continuing with all of her exams.
She continued: ‘I really got in shape and by this point I had lost 4th, I researched fitness and nutrition and started bodybuilding at 16, working out and concentrating on what I’m eating used to be.
Daniella started bodybuilding at age 16 and then went back to school in year 9, before passing all her exams.
Now weighing 11 stone and wearing size 8 clothes, Daniella, pictured, has newfound confidence and shares her journey on TikTok
‘I had also gone back to school in the ninth year and then I managed to pass all ten for my exams.
“When I met my boyfriend in 2021, he finally helped me develop a good relationship with food and I stopped counting my calories. Fitness has changed my life and the gym too!’
Daniella says she has become a new person, and her newfound confidence has helped her launch a successful social media platform, which she has made a career out of.
She added: ‘I developed a fashion sense and the gym boosted my confidence. I started taking care of myself and was proud of my appearance.
“I started wearing makeup, which made a big difference, as well as getting highlights and hair extensions, and now I’m a completely different person.
Daniella’s TikTok page has racked up over 100,000 followers and she’s even appeared on YouTube channel ‘Sidemen’
Daniella met her boyfriend, pictured together, in 2021, who helped her finally develop a good relationship with food and she stopped counting my calories
“I vlog and TikTok for a living and I’m living the dream, all because of my weight loss journey. I wouldn’t be where I am now and wouldn’t have taken those steps.
“When I lost all the weight, I got a lot of excess skin, especially around my breasts, so in 2019 I got a great enlargement.
‘I don’t believe in dieting, adopt a healthy lifestyle and just listen to your body.
‘I now opt for low-fat or fat-free products. I drink plant-based milk and eat a lot of lean foods and also eat smaller portions.
“I am now a qualified personal trainer and I would pursue a career as a PT, but since I have a social media platform I try to use it to inspire people there.
My boyfriend helped me a lot and helped me a lot with my relationship with food. He helped me change my mindset and now I want to help others.”
Daniella, pictured with her boyfriend, said she ‘developed a fashion sense’, and the gym boosted her confidence, so she began to ‘take pride in her appearance’