A young woman once dumped by her fiance for being too fat is now bidding to become the next Miss England.

A young woman once dumped by her fiance for being too fat is now bidding to become the next Miss England. Jennifer Atkin's weight ballooned to 17st 5lb when she became self confessed 'couch potato' and binged on £20 takeaway meals. But her world came crashing down when he fiance dumped her having put on the pounds. Now the 24-year-old office administrator hopes to get her revenge after shedding eight stone by ditching her takeouts and going to the gym instead. Ms Atkin now weight 9st 5lb and has got through to the finals of a local beauty contest. She says that being dumped was the best thing that ever happened to her as she slimmed down from a size 22 to a streamline size 10. The beauty queen hopeful, who has now found love again, said: "Although I wish my ex all the best, I do secretly hope he's kicking himself. "When we broke up, I was devastated but it ended up being the best thing that's happened to me." When Jennifer met her ex in March 2011 she weighed in at 14st 7lb as she had become "a weekend recluse" dining on takeaways. The couple planned to wed in the years that followed - but as she ballooned to 17st in 2015 her ex-fiance decided to end their relationship. Jennifer, from Ulceby, Lincolnshire, said: "In the week, I ate huge portions of pasta or pizza then a family-size chocolate bar. "At weekends, we'd turn into virtual recluses sitting on the sofa in our pyjamas eating takeaways - spending £20 each time. "The day he left I thought my world had ended - I cried for weeks and used food as my comfort." However, Jen signed up to her local gym and has never looked back as she was selected as one of the 10 finalists for the Miss Genting Sheffield heat. The competition will see the winner progress to the Miss England final with a shot at the Miss World crown after that. She added: "Being so overweight, I thought no other man would ever find me attractive." But Jennifer says is successful in the contest on May 4 in Sheffield, South Yorks., could even go on to compete in Miss World. Miss England organiser Angie Beasley said: "Miss England is not just a beauty pageant. "The girls have to prove they are talented and charitable and create an outfit made from recycled materials to model on the catwalk but they also have to be inspiring to others . "We have some amazing contestants who have reached the Sheffield final and I'm looking forward to meeting them all." The Miss England final will be held at Resorts World Birmingham on July 14. ENDS