LIFE AFTER OBESITY
A Manchester woman has shed a staggering
seven stone since she underwent drastic surgery.
It was a desperate
attempt costing over £10,000 to salvage her health from obesity.
Back in February we brought you the story of a Lynn Greenberg
and her desperate battle to lose weight.
At five foot three and weighing in at 20 stone, Lynn
was a heart attack waiting to happen.
Having tried but failed to stick to diets over the years
she found herself aged 55, barely able to walk and with a low life expectancy.
Approx 20 stone
Large potions of cakes, cheese and chips
Out of breath, struggled to manage stairs, severe joint pain.
|"I sit, that's all I ever do..."
Lynn, January 2003
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Desperate times called for desperate measures and Lynn
decided to undergo a stomach bypass operation.
It reduced Lynn’s stomach
to a fifth of its size, vastly reducing the amount she can eat and stopping
fats and carbohydrates being absorbed into her body.
Only eight months on from the operation, Lynn has lost
a staggering seven stone.
This has dramatically improved her life.
Change in habits
The operation was not a magic solution to Lynn’s obesity.
She has had to transform her eating habits completely.
Approx 13 stone
Small potions of salad, vegetables and chicken
Swims daily, plays football with grandchildren
|"I feel great!"
Lynn, August 2003
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When asked why she did not change her habits earlier
to avoid the need for the operation, Lynn says, "I wouldn’t do it. I’d
eat like a pig."
"I’d be in the fridge all the time eating and eating.
"I had no control over myself, however many times I would go to slimming
groups. I was my own worst enemy."
Lynn now eats much smaller potions of healthier foods.
She also swims daily as part of her exercise regime.
Life was not plain sailing following the operation.
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
Lynn suffered severe sickness and stomach pain.
Lynn says, "It’s too big an operation to have and too
severe unless you’re at risk like I was."
"But I could hardly walk, I could hardly breath.
have been a very sick woman in a couple of years if I hadn’t had this."
Lynn’s now brimming with energy and is able to fulfil
her dream of being a hands on grandmother.