A TEENAGER who was bullied throughout high school over his weight has spoken about how he turned his life around.

Alan Richmond, from Golborne, was 19st 5lbs at the age of 16 and was eating up to four takeaways a week in an unhealthy diet that involved junk food and fizzy drinks.

But after finishing his GCSEs at Golborne High School, Alan took action before starting his mechanic course at Wigan and Leigh College in a bid to avoid being the target of more abuse from fellow students.

Leigh Journal:

Alan before he lost weight

Leigh Journal:

Alan after losing weight

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Alan lost around two-and-a-half stone during the summer of 2018 through eating a much higher diet.

And last year, Alan kickstarted his fitness by going to the gym regularly to lost another three-and-a-half stone in the last six months of 2019.

He completed a scheme organised by council partner Inspiring healthy lifestyles, Let's Get Movin', to help him shed more pounds.

In total, Alan has now lost around six stone and has slimmed down to around 13st 7lbs.

Alan, 17, said: "I now feel a lot more energetic and optimistic about life.

“It’s been difficult at times but it’s been worth it.

"It takes time and it's not easy, but if I can do it anyone can."

Alan's college course offers work experience as a mechanic which has led to him being more active as well.

His efforts in transforming his health earned him the Changing Lifestyle award in the Greater Manchester Sports Awards in November.

He credit David Christie with helping him through the Let's Get Movin' programme.

Speaking about his award win, Alan said: "It’s the first time I’ve properly felt proud of myself, it’s the first time I’ve ever felt like I’ve achieved anything.”

Alan's award also acknowledged volunteer work that he carried out as well.

Before picking up his Greater Manchester accolade, Alan won a Believe Sports Award.

For more details about the awards visit inspiringhealthylifestyles.org/BelieveSportsAwards/ or call 01942 488495.