33 stone mum suffers food addiction transforms for sake of son
A hard-working mum has undergone an incredible transformation for the sake of her young son after suffering from a food addiction.
Kelly Lisenbee, 32, from Edmond, Oklahoma, USA, would feast on $20 worth of fast food in one sitting and reached 474lbs (33.8st) in 2016.
Fearing she would leave her son motherless, Kelly had weight loss surgery, helping her to lose 217lbs (15.5st) in just a year.
The super slimmer works out for times a week and has just completed her first 5k run.
Last week she had 23lbs (1.6st) of excess skin removed to complete her new look.
Now Kelly is sharing her story to warn others of the consequences of not facing up to their food demons.
Kelly said: “Food was my best friend. If I had a terrible day at school, or boy problems, whatever it was I used food as band aid.
“When I two close friends passed away when I was a teenager, I didn’t have the tools to deal with it.
“It was tragic and awful. I should have seen a therapist but I turned to food.
“Like any addiction, I was ready to give it up.
“It was quick, fast food, drive in food. It would be nothing to spend 15-20 dollars on my self.
“Now I make food at home, chicken and steak, vegetable.
“I feel incredible. I know I made this jail for myself with my food addiction and it’s like being set free.
“Everything physically in my life will be easier now. Weight loss doesn’t solve all your problems but it definitely makes dealing with them easier. ”
Growing up, Kelly was the target of cruel comments because of her larger frame.
She said: “As an adult people stared, and at school kids were mean.
“They would call me names like, water buffalo. It’s stuck with me today.
“Some of those same people who were mean and awful have messaged and say well done. That’s exciting.”
Her extra weight affected her health and she was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure.
She was determined to lose the weight for the sake of her son.
She said: “My son needs his mum. I sat down and thought, what if I die when I am 40 who will love him?
“He has nonverbal autism and he needs a voice. I want to be there.
Kelly opted for mini gastric bypass in June 2016.
She said: “Other than just the initial first few days, everything has felt really smooth.
“I just had the one year follow up and the doctor was very happy with my weight loss.
“He knows I am not done but it’s been a success.
“I know some people see surgery as easy way out but you have to work out, it’s just a tool. If I wanted to eat and gain weight, I could, it’s still a
“I have so much energy, a lot of that is attributed to healthy food choices I make.
“And people are very kind, they smile instead of staring.”
However, Kelly’s rapid weight loss caused her to suffer from excess skin which she had removed last week.
She said: “You don’t want to be heavy, smelling and chaffing. It’s just one of those things.
“It will be good not to have to wear compression clothing to go running and be able to tie my shoes and other simple things.”
Kelly shares her story on https://www.instagram.com/kelzwithaz/
She added: “I want to help parents get an education in nutrition and support them.
“I’ve been so lucky to have been supported by my friends and family and my husband.
“He’s been by my side ever since, he’s loved me at every pound.”
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