A SUNDERLAND teenager reached the finals of a slimming competition after losing 3st 1lb.
Lauren Kenny was delighted to make the final 38 in Slimming World’s Young Slimmer of the Year 2012.
She was voted through by fellow members, from all 10,000 Slimming World groups across the UK and Ireland.
She was presented with a certificate by football pundit Robbie Savage.
Lauren joined the Monkwearmouth group last summer.
She said: “I often felt like people were staring at me because I was bigger than everyone else and I’ve been called names.
“My confidence was really low. I knew that I needed to make changes and I knew I needed help.”
Paula Whiting, who runs the Monkwearmouth group, said: “Everyone is so proud of Lauren
“What she’s achieved is so much more than just losing weight.
“Some young people may have made several attempts to manage their weight without success, often because they’ve tried faddy diets that leave them hungry and that are just too difficult to stick to in the long run.”