Its takes a lot of dedication and will power for someone to lose 11 stone in weight so why is mother of 3 Kelly Childs having regrets over losing too much weight? If only I could shift my last 2 stone of weight I would be a happy women.
Losing weight brings about so many health benefits, longer life expectancy, lower risk of developing heart disease and stroke, lower blood cholesterol levels, and reduce strain on joints and muscles to name a few, so why is Kelly having regrets and miss being bigger.
Find out more on Kelly Childs story as published on DailyMail.co.uk
Kelly Childs Has Regrets Over Losing Too Much Weight
A mother-of-three, who regrets losing 11 stone through dieting because it has left her with rolls of saggy skin, wants the NHS to pay for her to ‘look normal again’.
Kelly Childs was a size 28 who weighed 24 stone before she went on a strict diet to shed the pounds. She now weighs 13 stone and is a size 12 but says she has never felt worse about her looks as her weightloss has left her with unsightly excess skin on her arms and stomach.
‘The rolls of skin I have been left with disgust me. The NHS won’t fund surgery to help me look normal again and I can’t afford to get the skin removed myself’, she said.
‘I still felt sexy when I was fat, but now I just felt freaky. I could live with being a buxom big girl, but not with a body that looked like a melted candle.’
Kelly has been refused an operation to remove the excess skin on the NHS, on the basis that it isn’t a life threatening matter and is classed as a cosmetic procedure.
‘It’s so unfair because I’d heard of women having boob jobs on the NHS. I didn’t want to look like a model, I just wanted to be normal and not have the body of a pensioner. I felt like all the hard work had been for nothing because life was better when I was fat,’ she said.
Kelly had been slim in her youth but her weight gradually crept up after she married husband Keith, 31, and had children, Ethan, now 12, Ajay, now ten and Bethany, now six.
Each time she was pregnant, she reveled in being able to ‘eat for two’ and didn’t care about her increasing size. ‘I had always liked my food and it was great not to have to watch what I ate. I indulged in cheese sandwiches, pastries and chocolate telling myself it was fine because I was pregnant,’ she said.
After giving birth, she always vowed to get back into shape but admitted ‘junk food was my crutch so it became a vicious circle and I’d try new diets only to fail after a few days.’
When she tipped the scales at 24-and-a-half-stone, her GP recommended she should have a gastric band fitted to help her lose weight.
The 31-year-old was put on a waiting list to have the operation, which involves cutting the stomach into a smaller pouch so only small portions can be consumed.
The prospect of becoming slimmer gave Kelly incentive to think about her diet and she become determined to lose weight believing if she did, ‘everything would be perfect.’
‘Suddenly all I could think about was being slim and being able to do things with the kids like go on the slide at the park. I couldn’t wait for the next appointment,’ she said.
She joined Slimming World where she was taught to eat more healthily and so swapped her regular diet of junk food for soups, salads and fruit.
As a result, her weight gradually came down, until she had eventually lost 11st, so she no longer needed the gastric band fitted and rang to cancel the procedure.
‘I was over the moon that it was happening at last and proud that I was saving the NHS thousands my doing it myself. They congratulated me and I thought that was it, success.’ Full story published here.
How sad, to achieve something so great as losing 11 stone but feeling so low and wishing you were fat again. I think the majority of us who have more than a couple of stone to lose have some realisation that our bodies will never be the same as it was before we ruined it by allowing ourselves to get fat in the first place.
I was about 14 when I had an appendix operation, the surgeon did a terrible job, as a teenager I obsessed over how I could make the 6.5” scar go away, only to be told by several doctors that unfortunately I had a type of skin that scared and stretched very easily not what I wanted to hear but realised I had to live with it.
At first when we start to pile on the pounds we don’t look at the bigger picture of how we are abusing our bodies, and what will happen when we finally make the decision to revert back.
After having 2 kids and ballooning to a size 18-20 I am not expecting to have a wash-board stomach by the time I reach my goal weight. I diet and exercise daily to try and tone and eliminate having excess skin, but truth be told I know when I reach my goal weight there will be a very small amount around my tummy area.
Because this is something that I have responsibly done to my own body I will not expect the NHS to pay for me to look and feel better about myself, but the benefits of being slimmer and healthier will outweigh any excess skin.
Kelly needs to focus and be more positive about her accomplishment, coming to terms with the knowledge that she will not get free surgery is not the end of the world, she wanted to lose weight so badly and achieved that. If she put the same amount of energy into wanting to get rid of the excess skin she will find a way.
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