Miss Yorkshire winner says fitness has helped her beat mental health struggles as she shows off amazing body – Yorkshire Live

Chloe McEwen shares her troubles with a bipolar condition which saw her being sectioned in a psychiatric hospital
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Miss Yorkshire winner, Chloe McEwen, has showed off her amazing body transformation after losing four stone when her troubles with a bipolar condition saw her being sectioned in a psychiatric hospital.
Chloe was just 16 when she had a breakdown after suspecting her drink was spiked during a vodka binge. She piled on the pounds while being treated for eight months for a mental condition which made her fear for her sanity.
Fitness has helped turn around her life in the last five years and last month she was crowned as Miss Yorkshire.
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Now 21 and working as a model and part-time as a fitness trainer, she is competing in Miss England next year as an ambassador for the charity Mind to show how you can bounce back from trauma.
Chloe, from Harrogate, North Yorkshire, said: “If you had told me when I was locked up in hospital after a breakdown for my bipolar condition that I would be a Miss England finalist a few years later I never would have believed you.
“But hopefully other girls going through similar trauma now will be inspired by my journey. The key to my recovery was fitness. I found that the more I trained, the better I felt.
“I worked out every day and was able to show the medical teams treating me that I had conquered my demons and could leave the hospital.”
Chloe has not looked back and has just signed her first modelling contract with the Prom Den – a dress shop in Brighouse, West Yorkshire, which specialises in glamorous gowns for end-of-school prom dances. She is lining up work with other fashion brands.
In October, she triumphed over 20 other girls to be crowned Miss Yorkshire in Doncaster where she made her successful battle over mental illness a key part of her entry.
That won her a place in next year’s Miss England contest and, if she triumphs there, she will qualify for Miss World. Chloe hit rock bottom shortly after her 16th birthday when she believes her drink was spiked while she was partying with friends.
She could not sleep for three days and doctors ended up sectioning her after she began hallucinating and threatening to jump from a window.
Chloe said: “I went through hell and was diagnosed with a severe bipolar condition. I was shifted from one psychiatric hospital to another while doctors tried to get to the bottom of my condition.
“My weight shot up because the food was so bad and I lived off chips, white bread, pizza and lots of sugary treats. I peaked at 12 and a half stone and hated my body image. I look at the pictures of me from those days and cannot believe it is the same person.
“I realised that I could get myself better by getting fit and modifying my diet. I started reading up on the science of fitness and convinced doctors that I was well enough to go home.”
Over the last five years, Chloe has qualified as a level three fitness trainer and she now leads sessions at her local gym and also works with private clients.
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She is also writing her own cookery book to help others achieve mind and body health – using some of the food swaps and recipes which she used as she recovered.
And she is working with Sports Traider – a youth-focused charity helping youngsters to fulfill their sporting potential with kit and other support. Chloe decided to enter Miss Yorkshire to celebrate her new found body-confidence and four-stone weight loss.
And she was delighted that under the new rules contestants have to show that they are making a difference to other people’s lives – so it is not just all about beauty.
Chloe said: “Beauty pageants have had to modernise like everything else and contestants show they have a purpose.
“For me, that is talking positively about my road to recovery and working with the charity Mind to help other people going through the awful mental health trauma that I suffered.”
Chloe is also excited about her modelling career and wore one of the Prom Den’s dresses at her Miss Yorkshire heat.
She said: “I would have loved to have attended my old school prom after GCSEs but unfortunately that was when I was still in hospital.
“Girls love dressing up to the nines for a big night of celebration after working so hard on their exams. Prom dances are huge at schools in Yorkshire and it is great to be modelling for such a fantastic brand.”
*Find out more about Chloe McEwen's amazing journey to health and fitness at www.chloesbestlife.com.

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