Weight 'humiliation' was wake-up call

Emma Guilfoyle has lost 47kg and is short-listed for the 2013 Slimmer of the Year Award.
Emma Guilfoyle has lost 47kg and is short-listed for the 2013 Slimmer of the Year Award. Contributed

IT IS only 15 months since she endured the humiliation of being told she was too overweight to take a ride in a Gold Coast theme park, but it is a lifetime for Junction Hill's Emma Guilfoyle.

Now she can celebrate her healthier and happier lifestyle after being named as one of Weight Watchers' five NSW semi-finalists in the annual Weight Watchers Healthy Life Awards.

Emma, an environmental health officer, attracted Weight Watchers' notice after losing an inspiring 47 kilos or 40% of her body weight.

Emma began her weight-loss journey in May, 2012 after she was told she was too overweight to go on a ride at an amusement park on the Gold Coast.

Feeling humiliated, Emma knew that from that moment on she needed to change her life for the better.

Determined to not miss out on any more years of her young adult life because of her weight, the 20-year-old joined her local Weight Watchers group.

Emma and all short-listed entries to this year's Healthy Life Awards will now be invited to take part in the interview stage of the awards, where applications will be whittled down to a finalist from each state, competing to take out the 2013 Slimmer of the Year Award.

The five Australian finalists and two finalists from New Zealand will then join together in Sydney in September for finals week where they will enjoy a glamorous makeover alongside other exciting activities, before attending a glittering gala event.

This year's Slimmer of the Year winner will also take home the major prize of a six-night escape for two in the Cook Islands flying Air New Zealand.

With more than 400 remarkable stories submitted from across Australia and New Zealand, entrants to the 2013 Healthy Life Awards have lost a staggering 10,154 kilos.

In celebration of each kilogram lost by this year's entrants, Weight Watchers is donating $10,154 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia and New Zealand.