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Mum lost eight stone in a year after getting STUCK playing with child at soft play centre

Emma Kingston, 29, was scrambling through a climbing tunnel with 18-month-old son Freddie and had to scream for two staff members to haul her out

The humiliation of getting jammed in a children’s play pit and being heaved out shamed 18-stone mother Emma Kingston into ­slimming.

Emma, 29, was scrambling through a soft play climbing tunnel with 18-month-old son Freddie and had to scream for two staff members to haul her out.

She said: “We got to the rollers which normal-sized adults can fit through. I started and knew there was no way I could get through them.

“I suddenly got stuck. I was with my cousin and she had to carry on with Freddie while two members of staff helped get me out.

“It was so embarrassing having to go back the way I had come against all the people coming through the play centre.

“It was then that I signed up to Slimming World because something had to be done."

The mortified mum was a size 24. She had piled on the pounds after getting hooked on McDonald’s Big Macs and pizzas, washed down with litres of cola.

But the travel agent has slimmed down to a trim 10 stone in just 12 months, following the embarrassing incident at the Crazy Knights soft play centre in Oswestry, Shropshire.

Emma added: “I had been a size 18 since after I had left school and got a job, because I think when I left home I didn’t have mum’s cooking.

“I never had breakfast so I just got so hungry by lunch time and would gorge on food then.

“My fiance Mark is a chef so people think that was why I got so big but it was the junk food I’d eat.

“I got so big I couldn’t sit on the floor because it was so uncomfortable and worried I wouldn’t be able to get up on my own so I just couldn’t play with Freddie.”

“I had been a size 18 since after I left school and got a job. I never had breakfast, and so gorged at lunch.”

Emma, who lives with fiance Mark Jones, 33, in Shrewsbury, aims to drop below 10 stone before summer.

She added: “We go back to Crazy Knights now regularly and I don’t get out of breath like I used I can keep up with Freddie.

“Before it was exhausting but I didn’t know anything else.”



  1. This must have been very embarrassing for this mother, but on the other hand that was a great motivation to make her loose so much more weight.

  2. Different people have different motivators. For this mom, it was playing with her son.

  3. The Lady looks fab now! kudos to her!

  4. That would do it for many people. Wonderful that this Mom met her goal!

  5. Sometimes it needs situations like these, which are highly embarrassing, to motivate us to do specific things!

  6. We all find inspiration from a variety of things...she found it from being embarrassed.

  7. That would be embarrassing! Glad she shed the weight so she could more easily play with her son.

  8. This would be embarrassing but at least she did something about it.