By Lucy Notarantonio
A teenager who was addicted to eating snacks has dropped 10 stone in 12 months after undergoing drastic weightloss surgery.
Michelle Farraj, 19, weighed 20 stone before doctors suggested she underwent a gastric sleeve – a surgical weight loss procedure which reduces the stomach – in a bid to help her change her life.
After opting for the weight loss surgery in December 2017, Michelle quickly dropped 10 stone after sticking to her new diet plan.
She now looks unrecognisable with her new 8 size body and has showcased her amazing results online.
Michelle has now returned to studying after failing her exams due to feeling too self-conscious to attend classes when she was morbidly obese.
The college student, from Ohio, US, said: “I rarely showed up during secondary school because I was too ashamed and fed up of all the nasty comments and stares.
“I would stay at home and eat anything in sight, if I wasn’t eating takeaways, it would be an overload of carbs like pasta and rice dishes, followed by chocolate and sweets.
“And anything with peanut butter, sometimes I would just scoop it out of the tub.
“One day I woke up and realised I have to change, I was tired of being overweight, my mood was always down, I was angry or upset all the time.
“I hated looking in the mirror and I was failing all my exams because I didn’t attend class.
“I went to the doctors for a nutritional appointment and I put my name down for a gastric sleeve.”
The NHS state a healthy BMI for a 5ft female is 9 stone, Michelle has now hit this goal by exercising six days a week and eating healthy smaller portions.
She added: “I have had my gastric sleeve since September 2018 and it is the best thing I have ever done, it reduced my hunger massively.
“Post-operation, I may have been thinner on the outside, but I still had the mind of a 20 stone girl, but thankfully the sleeve made me fill up faster.
“Rather than eating sugary cereal, breakfast and granola bars in the morning, I can now only manage one or two eggs.
“I am now super mindful when I eat and don’t even allow myself to have cheat days but one thing, I haven’t given up is peanut butter, but I now have the organic version, in moderation.
“I was so unfit before and couldn’t even fit on to a chair, so I can’t risk being overweight again because I finally feel normal.
“My next mission is to save for skin removal, even though I feel really confident with my new weight and healthier than ever.
“The loose skin is still a massive insecurity – I am as transparent as I can be on social media because I don’t want others to feel ashamed.”
Food Diary Before Gastric Sleeve:
Breakfast: Cereal (eg. Lucky Charms), breakfast bars and granola bars
Lunch: Subway, McDonalds or pizza
Dinner: Pasta or Rice followed by sweets
Snacks: Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or chocolate bars, sweets, crisps or candy throughout the day
Food Diary After Gastric Sleeve:
Smaller portions of everything
Breakfast: 1-2 Eggs
Lunch: 1 Serving of Protein (chicken) and 1 serving of vegetables
Dinner: 1 Serving of Protien, 1 Serving of vegetables
Snacks: Fruit or nuts