By Josh Saunders
An obese mum who gobbled 11,000 calories of fast food a day and racked up bills on takeaways has lost 17 stone after suffering a stroke.
Tiffaney Anderson, 26, from Brigham City in Utah, USA, reached 29st 7 (413lb) following a traumatic childhood that led her to overeat.
Her unhealthy diet included EIGHT McGriddles, two mushroom triple burgers, a large pizza, sugary drinks and snacks.
But after suffering a mini-stroke while six-months pregnant with her second child, she vowed to change her life.
To ensure an end to her gluttonous gorging she had a gastric sleeve in 2015 and a gastric bypass the year after.
Now the mum-of-two is utterly unrecognisable after dropping down to 12st 7 (175lb).
Tiffaney, full time mum, said: “I would constantly eat fast food every day no matter what, my diet was so high in calories that I was gaining weight very easily.
“While travelling to work, I would order four egg, cheese and sausage McGriddles and a large chocolate chip frappe.
“Then 20 minutes later I would be back at McDonalds, for a second time, ordering the exact same thing before going into work.
“There were days that I’d arrived to work early and go to the staff room disgusted with myself, all I could smell was the fast food I’d eaten.
“I always used to have big purses to hide all my food in, then I would either go to the bathroom or sit eating in my car because I was embarrassed.
“Financially, I went through over $600 a month eating out, once when it got out of hand there was a credit card bill of $1,600 for just for one month.
“I knew I was big but I never saw how I big I actually was, over the years I think I developed body dysmorphia.
“But due to my size, I had a mini-stroke while pregnant with my son, which was a reminder that if I didn’t do something I would die.
“For me surgery was my only option, but it wasn’t an easy journey like everyone believes, it was just as hard and now thankfully I’ve lost weight.”
Her excessive eating stemmed from the emotional and physical abuse she suffered growing up.
Tiffaney said: “I had a really rough childhood, I graduated high school and college homeless because I had to escape from my home.
“Growing up I lived in a nightmare.”
The bullying continued at school where she was brutally victimised by classmates.
Tiffaney added: “I was made fun of in high school, called ‘beached whale’ and ‘fat cow.’
“I would walk on the bus and people would ‘moo’ at me.
“It hurt a lot and only led me to eating even more, it was a horrible, vicious cycle.”
Tiffaney reached a body mass index (BMI) of 54.5 – putting her in the highest level of obesity, according to the World Health Organisation.
She suffered a long list of medical issues due to her obesity, including a severely high blood pressure and heart problems.
The extreme weight placed onto her legs also caused her bones to bend inwards resulting in Tiffaney losing three inches in height and suffering bone problems.
Tiffaney said: “I couldn’t fit into a CAT scan machine when I was 400lb and I had so much fat around my heart the echocardiogram couldn’t pick up my heartbeat.
“Before I used to have a resting heart rate of 170BPM now it’s in the 60s, my heart was working way too hard to push blood around my 400lb frame.”
Tiffaney’s life radically changed after having a gastric sleeve operation and then a mini-gastric bypass last year – which in total led her to lose 17 stone (240lb).
The extreme weight loss left her with saggy skin that she’s trying to raise $15,000 (£12,000) to have removed.
Tiffaney said: “The skin looks nasty, it pulls over my abdomen and back.
“It hangs down and is disgusting, I feel like it makes me look like the 400lb girl still.
“I am now hoping for a miracle that I can get the skin removed but it’s so expensive and I don’t have the funds to cover the surgeries I need.
“I am blessed to have lost this weight, but I want to feel beautiful, I don’t want to see the 413lb girl in the mirror anymore, this is why I’m fundraising.
“I did the hard work and now I need help from the community to finish my transformation.”
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TIFFANEY’S 11,000 CALORIE DIET BEFORE
BREAKFAST – four sausage, egg and cheese McGriddles (2,240) and a large chocolate chip frappe (380)
SECOND BREAKFAST – four sausage, egg and cheese McGriddles (2,240) and a large chocolate chip frappe (380)
SNACKS – beef jerky (116) and Cheetos (150)
LUNCH – Bahama Mamas hotdog ¼ of a pound hot dog (270), candy (155) and chips (150)
SNACKS – Two Wendy’s triple portabella mushroom (2734)
DINNER – whole large pizza (2,320)
TIFFANEY’S DIET AFTER
BREAKFAST – protein shake
SNACK – Guilt-free birthday cake brownie and white string cheese
LUNCH – cauliflower rice with steak
SNACK – sugar-free fruit jelly
DINNER – can of tuna, one egg and three picks of pickle
DESSERT – sugar free jelly