Michelle White is still haunted by the phone call after her daughter Meegan collapsed.
Meegan, a 25-year-old mum-of-two, regularly spent two hours a day exercising and was careful about what she ate.
Michelle was on her way to see her grandchildren when she received a call from a paramedic saying Meegan had been found collapsed in her home.
Two days later she was given the devastating news that her daughter had been pronounced brain dead.
Michelle held Meegan’s hand and said goodbye before she died.
Now she has spoken about how her daughter’s obsession with fitness proved deadly, in the hope that Meegan’s death can serve as a warning to others.
Michelle’s story in her own words
I’ve never been a gym-goer myself, but seeing my daughter Meegan beam as she admired her toned figure, I felt proud she was taking health and fitness seriously.
Her weekends and evenings were spent in her gym gear and she’d always pop round and chat about her new workout plan.
My bubbly, gorgeous daughter had found a passion – exercise.
One day when she visited she told me to brace myself for some news.
At just 18, Meegan had fallen pregnant.
It took a while to sink in, but eventually I became excited at the thought of my grandchild.
Having had babies young myself, I offered her some comfort.
At least by the time her kids were grown up she’d still have so much of her life to live.
She married her partner Michael, and shortly after, Alexa was born and Meegan got into the swing of things as a new mum.
I only lived round the corner, so was happy to watch the baby while she got back into the gym.
She started to become a real fitness fanatic and made sure she had time for herself, as well as being a mum.
She spent so much time in her active wear, I always knew what to buy her for Christmas and birthdays!
I even tagged along with her to the gym to see her in action and was amazed at her weight-lifting skills.
It seemed like she had the perfect life
Two years later, Meegan gave birth to her son Liam and everything changed.
She suffered crippling post-natal depression.
After seeing a doctor she was prescribed some medication, which helped – but there was a catch.
The tablets made Meegan gain a stone in weight.
She’d always been petite and hated being bigger, so she decided to get back into the gym.
Over the next few weeks I watched the children whenever possible so she could train in the evenings, and as the pounds dropped off her, her confidence soared.
Except, within a few months, her love of fitness turned into an obsession about her body image.
If I wasn’t free to look after the kids and Michael was working, she would panic…Continue Reading