Procedure of choice Gastric band
Starting weight 17st 5lb
Current weight 12st 0lb
Total weight loss 5st 5lb*
Trigger for weight loss Social isolation and bullying
I was just 16 when I had my gastric band fitted and no one knew apart from my mum and my little sister. I daren’t tell anyone because I would get ripped so badly from people at school. They had been horrible to me about being fat either teasing me, name calling, bullying or just excluding me. You’d think they would be happy for me to have had the courage to take action to do something about my weight but if they know I had a gastric band I would never live it down.
People don’t realise that even with a gastric band it is difficult to lose weight. It takes a lot of discipline and is by no means a quick fix. In the last year I have lost 5 stones* in weight but I’ve a long way to go before I am mentally recovered from being fat. I still have bad days when I feel fat and depressed and it doesn’t seem as though much has changed even though I’m five stones lighter. On other days though I do realise that my health is so much better, my asthma has improved and my joints don’t ache so much*. I do go out a little bit more. I enjoy clubbing with my friends and going on day trips. There are no jobs where I live so I can’t earn any extra money.
I’ve studied business studies and travel and tourism at ‘A’ level and I’m hoping to go to college to get a qualification in public services with a view to working in immigration and customs.
My eating patterns still aren’t great. I do eat a lot more fruit and veg though and my mum tries to make me have yogurt in the morning.
I’m going to Majorca in the summer to celebrate my 18th birthday and I’m hoping to put my childhood and fat years behind me.