AT 18, Leanne Wilson’s doctor gave her a leaflet for Alcoholics Anonymous and told her she was unlikely to make her 21st birthday.
But it wasn’t booze that was killing her, it was binge-eating – a habit which caused her to balloon to 24st.
Already battling type 2 diabetes, Leanne, from Witham, Essex, was struggling to breathe when she went to her GP – where a biopsy showed her liver was failing as it was so fatty and damaged by her poor diet.
Leanne, now 37, told The Sun: “In over 20 years as a GP he said he’d only ever seen this kind of damage in alcoholics. He simply wouldn’t believe me when I said I hardly ever drank.”
It was the wake-up call Leanne needed to radically change her life.
Now 13 stone lighter, glamorous Leanne is a shadow of her former self – something she largely credits to her new career as one of Britain's sexiest posties.
She ditched her six-figure salary as a senior civil servant to get her thousands of steps in every day on her rounds.
Leanne said: “I hated the gym, so I had a brainwave. Now I walk up to nine miles a day, chatting to people on my round, with no stress, and time to focus on myself.
“I earn a fraction of what I did before in my senior role in local government, but I’ve never been happier.
“People stop me on the street and ask if I’m really a postman, showering me with compliments about how great I look, but I explain that however good I look on the outside, it’s nothing compared to how amazing I feel inside.”
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