Trigger Warning: ED
Chichi Request: No matter what size you are, or what your body looks like, we all have insecurities and things we would like to change from time to time. In the spirit of keeping this a positive zone, I will ask that you try to keep your comments as body-loving, lady-loving & humane as possible.
This story is heartbreaking on many levels. As many know, the weight loss journey can be a long one, filled with challenges, and it’s different for everyone of us. For some, the journey includes gastric bypass or lapband surgery.
I’ve never had to make that choice, but I imagine it’s a difficult one for those who consider it. One lesson that you can take away from Malissa’s story is that being overweight isn’t just physical, it’s emotional too. The reasons you overeat will not necessarily disappear along with the pounds. It’s important to explore your relationship with food on a deeper level: not just address the symptoms.
A woman who was once Britain’s fattest teenager is now battling with anorexia after her life was turned upside down by a gastric bypass operation.
Malissa Jones, 21, lost so much weight that she now tips the scales at just 8 stone. Four years ago, before her surgery, doctors were warning her that she had to take drastic action after ballooning to 34 stone.
They warned her she had to shed 20 stone or would die within months. Now the pendulum has swung the other way for Malissa, from Selby, North Yorkshire with doctors now warning she could die in six months unless she increases her food intake.
Malissa told Closer magazine: ‘I would urge anyone wanting surgery to lose weight healthily. I wish I had. ‘Surgery can have consequences you might never have imagined.’
Malissa was the youngest person in the world to have a stomach bypass when surgeons performed the £10,000 NHS operation in January 2008.
‘I’m too thin. My body shocks me. But swallowing is painful. Eating a tiny amount gives me stomach cramps or makes me sick.
‘My consultant says, if I continue like this, I only have six months to live.
‘I will most likely die of a heart attack, so I must persevere with eating. I am trying, but it is so hard.’
*In the article, the doctors have prescribed that Malissa eat 500-1000 calories a day. This is far lower than the average recommended intake for someone her size: around 1800-2000 calories a day. As she is in treatment, this is a starting point from which they hope she can make progress. Do not assume that this is a safe caloric intake for you: it’s not.