By Nathalie Bonney @nathaliebonney

AT her heaviest, Danitza Casas, 32, from Scottsdale, Arizona weighed 350lbs

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Videographer / director: Mike Myers

Producer: Nathalie Bonney, Ruby Coote

Editor: Shiona Penrake

Nicknamed ‘gordita’ or chubby girl, when she was young, the weight gain accelerated in Danitza’s adult years when she partied hard and lived on a diet of unhealthy junk food. Outwardly Danitza seemed confident and the life of the party but inside she admits using humour and a larger than life personality to mask her insecurities and the disgust she felt with her body. After going to the hospital for what she thought was a heart attack – but in fact turned out to be a panic attack, Danitza knew she needed to change her lifestyle. Starting with short walks, she progressed to spin classes but it was when she accidentally met her personal trainer Bo (a colleague had a workout session they didn’t want to do alone) that Danitza made the breakthrough losing 200lbs. Since the weight loss, Danitza has also had excess skin removal and is now embracing her new look.