Woman Loses Weight after a Roller Coaster Incident

November 9, 2013

Unlocking Word Meanings

Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article. 

1. extreme [ik-STREEM] (adj.) – having great degree or intensity
Example: She felt extreme embarrassment after stumbling in front of many people.

2. transformation [trans-fer-MEY-shuh n] (n.) – the change in appearance or character
Example: She had a huge transformation after undergoing cosmetic surgery.

3. slimming [SLIM-ing] (adj.) – having the capability of making something or someone thinner
Example: Doris is taking slimming pills because she wants to get thinner.

4. humiliation [hyoo-mil-ee-EY-shuh or, often, yoo-] (n.) – a strong feeling of embarrassment or disgrace
Example: Jane left the stage because of the humiliation she experienced during the concert.

5. buckle [BUHK-uh l] (v.) – to attach with a buckle
Example: People who want to ride the roller coaster should buckle themselves up.


Read the text below.
Kim Wright, a 41-year old mother, has decided to go and lose weight soon after she experienced public humiliation for not fitting into a roller coaster seat.

Wright and her children felt extreme embarrassment when three park attendants were required to force her into her roller coaster seat and buckle her up. At that point, she decided to make changes in her life─that is to be healthier.

A month after the humiliation at Six Flags Amusement Park in Texas, Wright joined Slimming World, a British weight-loss organization that is now operating in the US. She attends weekly meetings and works out six times a week.

Wright used to weigh 289.5 pounds. She also used to suffer from sleep apnea, high cholesterol and foot and back problems because of her size. But sixteen months after joining Slimming World, she was already able to lose 112.5 pounds. The organization also taught her how to pick and eat healthy foods.

After her weight loss, she now feels like a different person, who has more energy. She now also finds enjoyment in shopping as she could already fit in the clothes she likes.

As one of the results of her transformation, she earned the title of Woman of the Year 2013 from Slimming World.  Wright now works part-time as a coach for other women who are trying to lose weight. Now weighing 177 pounds, she still intends to lose 30 pounds until she reaches her healthy weight range.

Viewpoint Discussion

Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.  

Discussion A

·         Which aspects of one’s lifestyle can you consider as major factors in weight gain? Why do you say so?
·         What kind of lifestyle do you think can help in losing weight? Why do you think so?

Discussion B

·         Why do you think is being physically fit important?
·         How can a person maintain physical fitness? Explain.


November 9, 2013