A mum-of-two from Dunmow who lost more than three stone in eight months said she has "grown in confidence".

Chantell Mapp-Pope joined the Dunmow Slimming World group on April 29 last year.

She said: "My self-esteem was at its lowest point.

"I was desperately unhappy with my weight and after a holiday abroad in April 2023, covering up, feeling ashamed and conscious of my body.

Dunmow Broadcast: Chantell before her weight lossChantell before her weight loss (Image: Slimming World)

"I have suffered with severe anxiety for over 20 years, I disliked the way I felt and the way it was affecting my family, I knew something had to change!"

Having lost over three stone, Chantell was recently nominated for the group's Miss Slinky award, which she won jointly alongside a fellow member.

She said: "I have grown in confidence, feel accepted for who I am and love that there is no judgement or humiliation in group.

"Previously I would never have got up and spoke in front of a group and would have avoided situations like this."

Slimming World aims to help people make healthy changes to the way they and their family cook, shop and eat.

Chantell said: "Like most people, I’d tried to lose weight countless times before, yet nothing ever really seemed to last as I viewed it as a restrictive diet.

Dunmow Broadcast: Chantell after her weight lossChantell after her weight loss (Image: Slimming World)

"I can still enjoy hearty, home-cooked meals with my family while losing weight, which seems like a miracle!

"My favourites include butternut squash macaroni cheese, chilli con carne, cottage pie and bacon, butternut squash and chilli pasta.

"Previous weight-loss attempts left me feeling hungry – nowadays I eat more than ever!"

Chantell, along with her husband and daughter, attend the Dunmow group run by consultant Kylie Da Silva.


Kylie said: "I’m so proud of Chantell and her approach to mindset change and adapting to a healthier lifestyle.

"It’s so wonderful to see her courage grow each week in group and achieve dreams that she never thought could come true – it really is a life-changing moment that I have the privilege to be a part of."

For more information about joining Slimming World in Dunmow call Kylie on 07738 549835.