Transforming from a weight of 150kg to a healthier 70kg, a 22-year-old Malaysian, Nur Dini Nabila Ezam, has demonstrated immense determination and resilience in her journey towards better health.
Her remarkable transformation comes after enduring years of hurtful bullying from high school classmates, an experience that she wants to highlight as completely unacceptable.
Speaking to Harian Metro, Dini revealed the torment she faced during her school years, where her peers cruelly labeled her as a "giant" due to her weight. The relentless bullying had a profound impact on her, leading to a loss of enthusiasm for school and a heavy emotional burden.
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"I actually kept this a secret. People who just met me don't know what I was like before this. Only friends and schoolmates know. I was bullied (at school) because I was fat. I was made fun of until I felt down and didn't want to go to school. Clothes in the right size are difficult to find. Every time I looked for clothes, I was forced to pay a lot because big clothes are costly. Wherever I went, people often asked, 'Don't you want to be thin?' I cried to mum and dad every day, asking why I was not as thin as others," she shared.
However, Dini's determination to change her life took center stage after completing her Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam in 2019. Over the past four years, she embarked on a journey to adopt a healthier diet and lifestyle, resulting in the impressive loss of 80kg.
"After SPM, I was not on social media for a long time because that time was supposed to be my 'glow-up' period. Instead, I exercised every day and forced myself (to persist) because I was sad every time I got ridiculed," Dini revealed.
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In addition to following a rigorous workout routine, Dini emphasized the importance of monitoring her calorie intake in her transformation process.
"I eat a little but often. I also don't take sugary foods and drinks. I haven't had a sweet drink in years. I control my diet in a disciplined way," she explained.
Dini's story serves as an inspiring example of the importance of making healthy lifestyle changes for oneself, not in response to bullying or societal pressures. It also underscores the message that bullying is never acceptable and can have a profound impact on a person's mental and emotional well-being.
As Dini shared her journey, she expressed her hope that other plus-sized women facing similar challenges do not give up in the face of criticism. She conveyed gratitude for the hurtful words that once broke her heart, as they ultimately provided her with the motivation and determination to embark on her transformative journey.
Dini's story is a testament to the power of resilience, self-love, and the importance of pursuing health and well-being in a positive and sustainable way.