Fat To Fit – Story of Mikhail Merchant

“I was overweight while growing up and faced a lot of bullying throughout my childhood. Since birth, I’ve been unable to hear so there were a lot of times when I didn’t even know when people were making fun of me, but there were times when the boys in my class would come close and say nasty things and that’s when I knew that I was being bullied. Since then, I withdrew and had very few friends. I would get very frustrated at myself, but my mother was always my biggest support. She used to tell me, ‘people will always try and pull you down…but that just means you’re already above them!’ and that’s what kept me going for the longest time. At 17, my world changed once again — my mother passed away and it was at this point that I found it difficult to cope with life. For months, I didn’t do anything but there came a point when I had to get out of it and make something of myself…make her proud. It was around this time that I began to work out, and as time passed I knew that I wanted to become the fittest version of myself. I pushed myself to run, swim and work out at the gym every single day for 3 years and I went from 145 kgs to 70kgs. From being bullied about being overweight, I’m on the way to my first modelling assignment next month and it’s all because my family didn’t allow me to give up. My mother may not be here, but her words still guide me and I wish she could have been here to see my transformation…I hope I’ve made her proud.”

Note: This was originally posted by Humans of Bombay on their Facebook page.