A teen who used to obsess over crash diets and over exercising has now become a social media sensation after embracing her curves.
Courtney Black had punished herself with dangerously low-calorie diets and over-exercising for years, and it wasn’t until the 20-year-old dropped to under seven stone that she realised how miserable her life had become.
At that point, Courtney decided to ditch her quest to be skinny and decided to embrace her curves instead, News Dog Media reports.
At her skinniest, the accounts clerk and part-time personal trainer weighed a pretty worrying 6.9 stone – she now weighs nearly two stone more and is embracing a healthier approach to diet and fitness.
And she’s now inspiring other women with her curves on Instagram – her transformation has won her more than 100,000 followers.
When I was younger, I just wanted to be as skinny as I could. I loved long skinny legs and tiny little waists.
I lost so much weight that people would comment on my Instagram saying that I looked like I was dying.
I love my curves now and I’m truly ashamed of how I used to eat and exercise.
I want to show other people how unnecessary it is to starve yourself or cut out certain food groups from your diet. Put your health first and worry about your image second.
Courtney originally started dieting after she stopped dancing and felt ‘chubbier’ than normal.
It was harmless initially but soon dieting became an obsession. As I continued, I began to think the super skinny look was gorgeous and I strived to be stick thin.
But by summer 2015, after her obsession with dieting started to negatively affect her relationship with family and friends, she decided to overhaul her lifestyle.
She now enjoys a healthy diet of five meals alongside a workout regime, and added:
I want to show other people how unnecessary it is to starve yourself or cut out certain food groups from your diet.
Put your health first and worry about your image second.
Way to go, Courtney. Curvy bodies are finally becoming the norm in society thanks to people like you, and it’s about time.