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Girls are more likely to report committing less serious forms of IPV, including as a means of self-defense, whereas boys are more likely to report committing more severe acts of IPV, including threats, physical violence and controlling a partner.

At school, vicious bullies called her a 'whale' and other cruel comments that regularly left her calling her parents from the bathrooms crying multiple times a week.She said that when she was at her heaviest, left, she would call her parents crying from the school bathroom 'I thought people at school were just being mean and I was average size, but after hearing that from a child, it helped me to see more clearly and I knew I needed to change.'The bullying complemented other reasons why I decided to lose weight, it was hard to walk upstairs and everyday life seemed to get tougher and tougher.I started doing an hour on the elliptical five times a week, then watched my portion sizes and was clever about what I ate, I would only have a burger if I was prepared to cut it in half.It was hard to do and not as easy as just cutting out fast food and fizzy drinks, it took a lot of mental strength and determination.I work out six times a week now, focussing on resistance training and adding muscle to change my physique to become a professional bodybuilder ready for competition.She struggled to recognise how dangerously overweight she was until a child she was babysitting told her she was 'fat' and inspired her to lose weight.

She is now 138lb (9st 12lb), right Now she's training for bodybuilding figure competitions and uses pictures of how she used to look as motivation to keep working on her transformation.

She believes bullying played a massive part in her overeating, eventually leading her to develop a dangerously high 45.9 BMI - a healthy range is 18.5 to 25.

Speaking about her new regime, the bodybuilder, left, before, and, right, after, said: 'I work out six times a week now, focussing on resistance training and adding muscle to change my physique to become a professional bodybuilder ready for competition'Kiersten said: 'When I was younger I had no control over my appetite, my parents tried to help me but I would secretly eat whenever I was struggling emotionally.'I was eating a lot of fast food and closet eating canned ravioli as it was fast to eat in addition to a lot of deep fried food, I didn't eat vegetables or fruit.'Then bullying in person and on social media played a huge part in my weight gain, when I wasn't confident in myself, eating was just a way for me to release stress.'But after being fat shamed, Kiersten changed her diet and focussed on cardiovascular exercise to help her shed weight before looking to tone her body.

She said: 'It's funny when people try to reintroduce themselves into my life with different intentions now, some of the guys have tried to take me out but it's hard to see past what happened.'Because I changed physically and mentally, people want to get with me just based on how I look.'A lot of people who used to make fun of me try to apologise now, I find it funny they have only taken time to communicate with me since losing weight.'Without the bullying, I may not have pushed myself to get healthy but things that people said were pretty horrible and really hurt me.'Now she's training for bodybuilding competitions next year and shows off her transformation online to help inspire others.

Domestic violence is a serious problem, and it’s not just an adult problem.

'Although some of the bullying was a motivation for me to lose weight, it was most definitely not the only reason, I knew I had to do it for my own health and well-being.