When Jade Davis reached 378 pounds, she knew something had to change.
The 24-year-old UK has spent her entire life battling her weight and binge eating, but it wasn’t until her doctor told her to “lose weight or die” that she successfully lost 224 pounds on her own.
“Because of me [type 2] A diabetes doctor basically said “You need to lose weight or you’re going to die,” Davis recalled to Southwest News Service. “Maybe this was the turning point to start losing weight.”
The health care service activity coordinator admitted that her diagnosis scared her at first, and she was overwhelmed with her bleak future if she didn’t start making changes.
She said, “I was tired of being in the body I was in and scared of what the future would hold because I was so old.” “The words ‘You will die’ really got me going. I have had tremendous encouragement from my family who online have given me so much support.”
Davis said that she was chosen because of her looks since she was a child, saying that she was always one of the “big” girls and was ridiculed for it.
“I used to be the one that a lot of people used to bully me. It’s obvious now [that I’ve lost weight] My treatment has completely changed — there’s so much that’s changed just because of my size,” she said. “I was called ‘fat’ and told ‘you need to lose weight’ and people were taking little digs.
“There were girls who would make fun of me just because I was an easy target and there were guys who would plainly say they ‘would never want to be with me’ or anything like that,” she said wistfully.
Davis, who documented her journey to health on TikTok, said she was stuck in a cycle of overeating, and would eat when feeling upset or out of control in a situation — which reached an all-time high when she decided to drop out of university and start working out in 2018.
She recalled going on vacation and having to ask for a seat belt extender, and not being able to ride or physically do anything.
“Not being able to ride the rides was embarrassing. She just said ‘Love you can’t come here, you’re too big.’ I was upset and a little shy,” she said. “I couldn’t walk anywhere. I had to stay by the pool and it felt very confining.”
Once she made the fundamental decision to lose weight in January 2021, Davis began eating fewer calories — making sure she walked 10,000 steps each day. I signed up for a gym in October and now go four times a week.
Davis reached her lowest weight of 166 pounds in October 2022, and she says she now feels more comfortable in her body.
“People have said that I don’t look like I used to look and that I look healthier and happier, and that’s definitely true,” she said. “Some people from my hometown don’t know me at all and when they realize who I am, they’re like ‘I’ve changed so much’”
Davis said she started TikTok to show people that it’s possible to lose weight naturally, and that hard work will pay off in the end.
“Don’t go straight to the gym and exercise at first. As I advised, I think a lot of times you first need to think about calorie counting because if you do it all together, you will find that some people get exhausted and give up.”
“I would tell others who want to lose weight to do a lot of research,” she continued. “It took me a lot of time to do this, but it’s definitely something to work on because in the end, the end result will be something you’ll be proud of.”