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How the South African woman forced to lose 30kg by the New Zealand government is doing a year later

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The mom of two says her weight-loss journey was emotionally draining at first, but now she’s in the swing of things and gyms five times a week. (PHOTO: Supplied)
The mom of two says her weight-loss journey was emotionally draining at first, but now she’s in the swing of things and gyms five times a week. (PHOTO: Supplied)

She was called “too fat for New Zealand” and her predicament ended up making headlines around the world.

It was a bizarre experience, Mondelea Be­zuidenhout says. “It’s very strange to have complete strangers discussing your body. It went as far as China and to know everyone was talking about it was weird.”

It’s been a year since the South African-­born 36-year-old found herself in the news after her adopted country told her she couldn’t live there unless she lost 30kg. Being overweight made her a health risk and would put too much of a strain on the state system, she was told.

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