A morbidly obese woman weighing 319kg has said her parents were responsible for her weight spiraling out of control and making her to be bed-ridden for years.
Lisa Fleming, 49, from Mobile, Alabama, had even pleaded to doctors for help after discovering maggots in the folds of her skin.
She was put on a controlled diet in hospital by Dr. Younan Nowzaradan ahead of planned weight loss surgery, during which time she managed to lose 39kg.
However, when she was sent home, she managed to put on 13kg after secretly eating junk food — with nutritionists discovering she had donuts and ice cream in her fridge.
Lisa was then kicked off the hospital programme by Dr. Nowzaradan after he discovered she had gained weight.
Lisa revealed how she started out as a ‘regular child, having fun, doing things, playing.’
Growing up with five brothers, she admitted her dad spoiled her and constantly told her he loved her, while her mother struggled to express her affection by cooking Lisa whatever she wanted.
“That’s how she showed it — by cooking,” she added. Lisa is now hoping to get weight loss surgery.
Lisa also revealed that her parents’ divorce when she was nine years old added to the trauma and during this time, the only thing that made her feel better was eating.
“Ice cream was my friend at night. I had my own bowl, I had my own spoon and I kept it hid in my room until my mom found it one day, but that didn’t even stop me.” By the age of 11, she already weighed 54kg.
Her weight continued to shoot up over the years until she weighed over 181kg.
After the death of her mother from cancer, she gained another 45kg as she sought comfort in food.
“One day, I just couldn’t get up and move,” Lisa explained.
She said she knew it was time to make a change when she became completely bedridden and eventually found maggots in the folds of her skin.
She admitted. “I can’t believe it’s come to this.”