Fighting her weight has been a life-long battle
for Lynn Greenberg.
Convinced her excess weight will eventually
kill her, she recently underwent drastic surgery.
Despite trying all kinds of diets and having her jaw
wired together, Lynn Greenberg from Manchester still weighs twenty stone
at only five foot three inches.
She happily admits to loving her food, saying, "Iíll
go into a cafť and Iíll order two doughnuts rather than a meal. Thatís
a typical thing Iíd do."
"Itís a vicious circle. The fatter you get, the more
|Gerry and Lynn
Greenberg on their wedding day|
At 55 years old, Lynnís years of comfort eating are taking
their toll on her heart and joints.
Her family believes that she is eating herself into an
Her husband Gerry says, "How often do you see people
of 80 years of age who weight as much as Lynn? Their hearts give way.
How much longer can she take it?"
Gerry recalls fonder days when they met in a club in
1968 and weight was not such a problem.
"She was very beautiful. I was
very proud to be with her because so many guys used to look at her!"
reduce Lynn's stomach size|
Lynn needs to lose at least eight stone. She is pinning
her hopes on a gastric bypass procedure.
Costing £10,500, it will reduce Lynnís stomach
to a fifth of itís present size.
The operation, performed at the Bupa hospital in Leeds,
will vastly reduce the amount Lynn is able to eat.
It will also stop fats and carbohydrates being absorbed
into her body.
Lynn puts the start of her weight gain down to the time
following the birth of her two daughters.
She began experiencing chronic headaches and
says that the tablets she was prescribed increased her appetite and the
pounds piled on.
Lynn says, "Diets didnít work because I didnít stick
"I had my jaws wired. I lost two stone and I had to take
them off because I couldnít stand the pain. I very quickly put it back
It causes 30,000 deaths a year in England alone.
19% of Britons are obese. 39% are overweight.
Adult obesity rates have tripled since 1982.
People are classed as obese if they have a body
mass index over 30.
It can lead to health problems including:
- Heart disease
The stomach bypass surgery is Lynnís last chance at shedding
her excess weight.
She has plenty of motivation in the form of her four
Lynn says, "I want to do all the things that a good grandmother
"I spend a lot of time with them but all I ever
do is sit and I canít get down on the floor."
"I want to be here to see them grow up."
Just three weeks after the operation, Lynn has already
shed two and a half stone.
But there is still a long way to go.The
weight wonít just fall off.
Healthy eating and significant willpower on Lynnís part
are essential to make Lynn victorious in this final battle with obesity.