Siblings who shed together

Alicia Vrajlal

Brodie Macpherson has opened up about her gastric surgery, and she's not the first in the family to shed some kilos, along with an inspirational back story.

Her brother, former Neighbours star Dan, has his own weight loss journey to share from as early as his childhood, the now 36-year-old star having gone into marathon runnings in the 1990s, which led him to be discovered by a talent scout and eventually cast on the soap.

The ex Dancing With The Stars host has previously opened up on his battle with the bulge, admitting his insecurities were lurking even as early as the sixth grade.

Brodie Macpherson has opened up about her gastric surgery, and she's not the first in the family to shed some kilos as brother Dan also has a weight loss story. Source: Getty

Speaking to Bondi Rescue's Andrew 'Reidy' Reid for his Run With Sole podcast in 2015, Dan said being overweight as a child "either does one of two things".

"Either it drives you to go, 'You know what? I'm going to make a change in my life. I don't want to be this person any more- I want to be someone else and I'm going to work really hard to be exactly the person that I want to be. I'm not going to let being overweight stop me from doing what I want to do.'

"The second type of person will perhaps go the other way and say, I can't lose weight. I can't make a change'."

Dan has previously opened up on his battle with the bulge, admitting his insecurities were lurking even as early as the sixth grade. Source: Instagram
Dan is now as fit and healthy as ever. Source: Instagram

Having discovered triathlons at 'a very early age' benefited the star, who says he competed in his first triathlon "as an overweight kid" in in 1991.

The continued exercise regime paid off for Dan during his high school days.

"I was doing cross country at high school and I was still playing rugby. My body was changing, as it does in those teenage years."

The actor works out at the gym and credits triathlons for transforming his life. Source: Instagram
Having discovered triathlons at 'a very early age' benefited the star, who says he competed in his first triathlon

And ultimately, he was discovered by a talent scout when he was just 17 years of age, while competing in a triathlon in 1996.

He subsequently landed an acting role on Neighbours, playing Ramsay Street heartthrob Joel Samuels.

Dan has since hosted Dancing With The Stars, and starred in several films.

The husband of actress Zoe Ventoura admits his past struggles have shaped him, and he still has insecurities despite his hot six pack snaps on social media.

Ultimately, he was discovered by a talent scout when he was just 17 years of age and subsequently landed an acting role on Neighbours, playing Ramsay Street heartthrob Joel Samuels. Source: Ten
Dan looking quite confident with his body in 2005. Source: Getty

"It definitely sculpted the person that I am, in good and bad ways. I still probably have body issues, I don't think things will change that," he said in the podcast.

Meanwhile his sister Brodie has opened up about her incredible 66kg weight loss, achieved after a four-year journey of sweat, tears and finally gastric sleeve surgery.

Brodie, who has become an internet sensation since candidly opening up about her weight loss journey, reveals she decided to turn her life around after weighing 146kg at her heaviest.

Brodie has previously admitted she looks up to brother Dan and his previous efforts and Dan. Source: Instagram. Source: Getty
Brodie embarked on her weight loss journey four years ago. Source: Instagram

“As a woman at times it can be challenging talking about your body so publicly but this is something I really wanted out there because life's too short not to wake up every day & celebrate being you!” Brodie wrote on Instagram.

Four years ago, Brodie turned to experts, including a personal trainer and psychologist, in a bid to get fit.

After losing 20 kg, the 24-year-old decided that surgery was her next step.

Brodie, pictured here with brother Dan, weighed 146kg at her heaviest. Source: Instagram

“Surgery was never the first option, it was the last option,' she told New Idea. “Gastric surgery is a bit of a taboo. There's this idea that it is the easy way out for lazy people, but I couldn't disagree more.”

Brodie underwent gastric sleeve surgery in November 2014 and shed an incredible five dress sizes and almost 70kg.

Now happily posting swimsuit photos on social media, Brodie is determined to focus on her health and keep challenging herself.

Brodie's since lost an incredible 66kg and looks amazing. Source: Instagram
The body confident blonde now happily shares swimsuit snaps with her followers. Source: Instagram

“Life is about so much more than the number on the scales,” Brodie explains on Instagram.

“After all I'm just a former chubby girl who awkwardly loved leopard - but what I've learnt so far is that life's too short not to keep growing, keep pushing, keep fighting your fears, keep loving yourself & having fun.”

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