KOMPAS.com - A slimmer who lost almost half her body weight after shedding ten stone is to pose nude for a magazine because she is so delighted with her new look.
Katja Isaken was so fat in her teens, tipping the scales at 23 stone, that she had to have her school uniform specially made.
But the 27-year-old PhD student, who now weighs around 13 stone, gradually dropped the pounds by swimming three times a week and eating smaller portions.
Now wants to inspire other women to love their bodies and will strip off for Cosmopolitan.
Miss Isaken, from Fallowfield, Manchester, said: ‘I'm happy with how I look. My confidence has gone up and I feel a lot better about myself but it's still a work in progress.
‘I'm tall and broad. I think there's way too much importance of having this unrealistic body shape and what you should look like.
‘We can be happy with our own bodies even if it doesn't conform to the one prototype.’
Miss Isaken, originally from Norway, said she had travelled around the world in her youth because of her parents' work and battled with her yo yo-ing weight during that time.
She was at her biggest aged 15 while living in Botswana, when she was around a size 26 and had to get her school skirt made specially.
She lost some weight by going through a detox programme when she was still at school but put the majority back on when at college in Wales.
Miss Isaken, who is almost 6ft, studied as an undergraduate in York before coming to Manchester to do a PhD in 2005, weighing around 17 stone.
She began swimming three times a week before lectures and began eating more sensibly – causing her weight to drop even further.
Last year she had an operation to remove the excess skin and she said she is now starting to feel sexy.
Miss Isaken told the Manchester Evening News: ‘My friends have started to pay me compliments, so I've started to feel better about myself.
‘People ask me what my secret is but I can't really explain. It just happened over time without me really noticing. Something just clicked in me.’
She will appear in a naked shoot for Cosmopolitan's July issue called 'Sexy has no size limit', on sale on June 10.