46 years old
Mother of one exceptionally gorgeous daughter
I don't know exactly how old I was but I remember being in primary school and my teacher saying in front of the whole class 'Goodness you are as heavy as I am' when she decided for some reason known only to her, to weigh all the pupils. This was the beginning of my realisation that I wasn't in the body that society deemed normal. It didn't take too many more years for me to fall well and truly into the category of obese and then morbidly obese. Thankfully I kept a sense of humour throughout and often some of the most horrific things that happen can, in hindsight, if told well, can be hilarious!
Before losing nine stones in weight I personally explored the fat-underworld in London and all of the places mentioned in the book are in existence, although for legal reasons one or two of the places have had their names changed.
I consider myself an expert in the issues fat singletons (and marrieds) face!