A TEENAGER who weighs over 18 stone is jealous of her twin sister and blames her parents' obsession with snacking for her size on It’s Your Fault I’m Fat.
On the season premiere tonight, Dominique, 17, who lives in Bristol, with her mum Sandra, dad Keith and twin sister Nikita, admits she loves food but her problem is not knowing when to say no -a habit she's learnt from her parents.
The performing arts student – who doesn't eat any fruit or vegetables -has used food to comfort her from a young age after being bullied for her weight at school.
But she admits the whole family's diet is "out of control" – not just hers – devoting an entire cupboard to their favourite treats.
She says: "I definitely think I picked up my snacking habits from my parents. They don't have time to eat a proper meal so they'll just pick up a snack and go."
But desperate for a change, Dominique addresses her concerns in an open letter to her family, admitting she has an issue with her weight – especially in comparison to her thin twin sister.
She says:"I've always been a bit jealous of [Nikita] and the clothes she wears because I don't feel comfortable wearing that at my size, and I wish I could be as comfortable as [Nikita]. "
Dominique admits she wants the entire family to go on a diet as she pleads with them to take the journey with her.
After hearing her concerns, the family agreed to a drastic lifestyle change, which involves sticking to a specially tailored diet prepared by a registered dietitian.
The six-week diet and fitness plan also means reducing Dominique’s calorie intake by half and hitting the gym twice a week in a bid to reach her target.
I definitely think I picked up my snacking habits from my parents.
The initial weigh in at their first family gym session proves difficult, though – particularly for Dominique and Sandra who are forced come to terms with the hard work ahead.
With Nikita coming in at a "normal and healthy" weight, Dominique becomes more determined to shed some pounds to match her twin.
But it doesn't come easily as the teen struggles with her first taste of "healthy food," gagging as she attempts to swallow a grape.
But rather than encouraging her daughter, it proves to much for mum Sandra who by week two swaps out her veg-packed meals for her usual chocolate treat – leaving her daughter extremely tempted and disappointed.
"I don't think I can go through these weeks not having any," Sandra says, before offering her teen daughter a tasty chocolate treat – followed by dad Keith who also gives in.
But desperate to stay on track and lose weight ahead of her 18th birthday Dominique refuses and is angered by her parents lack of control.
She says: "I did stay strong, and I was happy that I stayed strong but it was really hard.
Adding:"I am a little bit frustrated that they have cheated and they haven't really given it all they could. "
I've always been a bit jealous of [Nikita] and the clothes she wears because I don't feel comfortable wearing that at my size.
But the hard worked seems to pay off with Dominique pleased by her results at the end of the six-week challenge.
After coming to terms with her new diet and committing to her gym sessions, the teen manages to drop a whole dress size after losing over one stone.
Her parents lost some weight too, despite their "cheating", and Dominique is chuffed by the over all results.
She says,"I have surprised myself.I didn't think I'd do this good," and is thrilled to finally find some clothes she likes the look of again.
It’s Your Fault I’m Fat starts tonight at 10pm on 5STAR.
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