A woman who once weighed almost 29 stone has shed almost half her bodyweight and says she no longer feels like the “literal elephant in the room”.
Mollie Hull had been obese since the age of 10 and now looks unrecognisable after shedding the pounds thanks to £3,500 gastric sleeve surgery.
The 20-year-old dental nurse, who often ate up to eight bags of crisps a day, took days off work due to exhaustion and worried she would be left in a wheelchair.
But in April last year her life changed forever when she flew out to Egypt for weightloss surgery, reports The Mirror.
In the year since her surgery, Mollie continues to shed the pounds losing an average of half a stone (7lbs) a month.
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To maintain her weight loss she has swapped the pizzas, takeaways and crisps for vegetables, fish, cereal bars and fruit.
Mollie, from Stone, Staffordshire, said she was scared she was going to die due to her weight.
She said: “Food was my go-to thing. I knew I needed to make a change after I could no longer shop for clothes in normal shops and needing to have time off work because I’d be so exhausted.
“At one point I thought I’d end up in wheelchair, but now I just feel so much healthier. I had an iron deficiency before, whereas now I’m ticking all the right boxes in terms of health.”
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Mollie says she’s always struggled with her weight. She said: “Even as a child, being bigger meant I would always get left out of things with friends. I would just be sat at home eating.
“I remember having to buy adult size stuff for my school uniform. It was just terrible. I was the only one of my peers like that. I knew something was wrong.”
At the age of 15, Mollie weighed more than 20 stone and by the time she was 18 Mollie weighed in at a whopping 27st (378lbs).
Mollie said: “McDonald’s, pizza, no vegetables. It wasn’t even seven vegetables a week – let alone seven a day.
“I would often eat up to eight bags of crisps a day as well as chocolate grab bags.
“I’d have cheesy chips for lunch, chicken nuggets and chips for dinner, often followed by family sized dessert such as a sharing tiramisu or six donuts.
“This all came with many health issues such as high blood pressure, prediabetes, only being able to walk 100 yards or less and not being able to walk up stairs.”
Mollie had surgery when she was 19 years old, after which she said: “It just felt very surreal thinking that this is the start to the rest of my life.”
Since going under the knife, Mollie has lost 11 stone combined with regular exercise and a new and improved diet.
And she said: “I’m so glad to be alive and to be honest I went in expecting to die as you hear so many horror stories about surgeries abroad.
“I’ve also changed career paths from a dental receptionist to a nurse, as before I couldn’t even stand, let alone stand for 10 hours.”
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