14/08/2014 12:58 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 06:12 BST

11-Year-Old Who Weighed 14 Stone Becomes An Olympics Swimmer


A schoolgirl bullied for being overweight lost six stone to become a junior Olympics swimmer.

Just 14 months ago, clinically obese 11-year-old Breanna Bond weighed 14 stone. Seeing how unhappy her daughter was, mum Heidi decided it was time for Breanna, from Clovis, California, to get fighting fit.

Now after a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, Breanna - who now weighs eight stone - has her sights set on gold at the Junior Olympic Games.

Breanna wants to be a triathlete and cheerleader and has already qualified for the 500-yard freestyle swimming competition at the Junior Olympic Games.

She said: "I feel like I can move more in sports now and it's a lot easier for me in cheerleading and cross country. I can just go faster."

Breanna was just two years old when mum Heidi noticed her daughter was gaining weight faster than children her own age. By the age of nine, she was so overweight she was being bullied at school.

Heidi said: "I thought maybe it could have been a thyroid issue, maybe some kind of genetic disorder."

But the end she realised good old Southern fried cooking was to blame.

She said: "We would make fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, and chicken fried steak."

They have now launched a website dedicated to Breanna's weight-loss journey because they want to inspire other children who are overweight.

Heidi explained: "It's an inspirational site to help encourage other children everywhere to get motivated, to exercise and to lose the weight."

Good luck, Breanna!