A MUM-OF-TWO has revealed her dramatic weight gain lead to her being bed bound for a staggering eight years.
Claire, 49, from Southampton, soared to a whopping 31 stone, resulting in her needing constant care from her youngest daughter, Jasmine, 19.
Claire, 49, was left bed bound for around eight years and needed round-the-clock care[/caption]
The mum appeared on Channel 4’s Shut-Ins: Britain’s Fattest People, and admitted she felt like a prisoner in her own home.
Thankfully, she was given a new lease of life thanks to bariatic surgery, which helps obese people achieve weight loss, despite having a scary cancer diagnosis.
Speaking of being shut in her home, Claire said on the show: “It’s like a slow death. You can think of all the worst ways to die and this to me is the worst I can imagine. It feels like the whole world has forgotten me.”
Despite living right next to the sea in Southampton, the mum admitted she hadn’t seen the ocean for more than decade.
The mum appeared on Channel 4’s Shut-Ins: Britain’s Fattest People[/caption]
Claire was left with life-threatening problems such as diabetes after developed a flesh-eating illness called necrotizing fasciitis[/caption]
Around 50,000 people in the UK are classified as morbidly obese, with the show revealing how many of these people are forced to stay shut up in their homes as a result.
Claire said: “I sleep here, eat here, get washed here, go to the toilet here.
“I do feel trapped when I’m stuck in on my own. There’s no-one on this planet who can make me feel more ashamed of myself than I am of me.”
On the programme, Claire is offered the chance to change her life around through surgery, but she also receives the news that she has a cancerous growth in her uterus.
At the age of 21, she was married and weight 20 stone, but the number on the scales kept rising[/caption]
On the programme, Claire is offered the chance to change her life around through surgery[/caption]
The mum admits she had difficulties with her weight from a young age, and used food as a “comfort” as she wasn’t close to her mum.
At the age of 21, she was married and weight 20 stone, but the number on the scales kept rising.
Eight years ago, she developed a flesh-eating illness called necrotizing fasciitis, which left her bed bound and was nearly fatal.
Claire was left with life-threatening problems such as diabetes, resulting in her having to take daily insulin shots, skin infections, and swollen body parts.
Since the young age of 11, Jasmine has cared for her mum, which involves bringing her food, doing the housework and being on call at night.
Since the young age of 11, Jasmine has cared for her mum[/caption]
Jasmine, whose older sister Tracey has moved out, said: “When I was younger my mum was happy. She was always laughing with friends at the time.
“My life is completely different to what it was before.”
Mum Claire revealed feelings of guilt as she admitted that the feels like a “big baby” who needs “constant looking after”.
Revealing her weaknesses, she said: “Carbs are my trigger food. I like bread, pasta, pork pies. I’m just a carb fiend. If there’s a carb I’ll eat it. Even the dogs are addicted!”
Claire admitted she felt like a prisoner in her own home[/caption]
Bariatric surgeon Nick Carter described Claire’s situation as a “ticking time bomb” and booked her in for a stomach-reducing surgery.
The operation reduced her stomach to a quarter of the size, but had some complications as it revealed the cancerous growth in her uterus.
This growth could only be treated if Claire lost some further weight.
The mum admits she had difficulties with her weight from a young age[/caption]
Jasmine brings her mum food, does the housework and is on call at night[/caption]
Two and a half months later, Claire succeeded in shedding two stone after sticking to a calorie-restricted diet.
The second operation managed to extract the large two-stone lump on her stomach, and also included an unexpected hysterectomy.
Thankfully, Claire now weighs 23 stone and is no longer confined to her house.
Following her operations, Claire can now leave the house for the first time in years[/caption]
She said: “The last time I went out on my feet was 10-12 years ago.
“It’s just nice to have the sun on me – that’s amazing. It’s the smell of the grass. Seeing stuff that’s not behind a window is amazing.”
Shut-Ins: Britain’s Fattest People, Wednesday, 10pm on Channel 4
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