When I turned 30, it was like my metabolism decided to abandon me and I piled on the pounds. I'd always been a size ten and had been blessed with the ability to eat all the food and gain no weight.
However, thanks to a serious road traffic accident as a child and a bad fall that damaged my knee, my health deteriorated. I'd been happily married for a number of years and found comfort in junk food; emotional eating became a coping mechanism for the endless excruciating pain that I was experiencing on a daily basis.
After a while and a ton of hospital tests, it became clear that I had fibromyalgia. I had been on painkillers for many many years and these were what led to the weight gain.