Mother who was so fat, her son was unable to wrap his arms around her in a hug, is transformed after dropping seven stone

  • Marie Briggs, 25, dropped from 20st to 13st after gastric surgery

  • The mother took action as she was so large so couldn't do activities with her son, aged seven, or even give him a cuddle

By Lucy Waterlow

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A mother who couldn’t cuddle her son because she was so overweight has dropped six dress sizes after undergoing gastric surgery.

Marie Briggs, 25, tipped the scales at 20st and was so large her young son, Hayden, was unable to wrap his arms around her for a hug.

Her size also affected the time she spent with Hayden as she felt unable to join him doing activities like swimming and going to the fun-fair.

As she was: Marie Briggs, 25, weighed 20 stone and was so big her son Hayden couldn't put his arms around her for a hug

As she was: Marie Briggs, 25, weighed 20 stone and was so big her son Hayden couldn't put his arms around her for a hug

She said: 'Hayden loves swimming but the idea of putting a swimming costume on was too daunting so we never went. I spent my days on the sofa, reading magazines and eating instead.

 

'I wanted to be the best mum I could be, but I couldn’t even take him to the fun-fair because I was scared I wouldn’t fit on the rides.'

Marie, from Amble in Northumberland, started to gain weight after splitting from Hayden’s father not long after giving birth to her son, now seven.

She started comfort eating, tucking into a large bowl of cereal and two slices of buttered toast every day for breakfast.

Slimmed down: Marie is now a dress size 14 after losing 7st following gastric surgery. She loves her new shape and how she can now fit into pretty dresses
Slimmed down: Marie is now a dress size 14 after losing 7st following gastric surgery. She loves her new shape and how she can now fit into pretty dresses

Slimmed down: Marie is now a dress size 14 after losing 7st following gastric surgery. She loves her new shape and how she can now fit into pretty dresses

Lunch was two Cornish pasties with crisps or a large MacDonald’s meal, all washed down with a large fizzy drink. While at dinnertime she would order a large chicken curry with chips, spring rolls and prawn crackers from her local Chinese takeaway.

Indulging her sweet tooth, Marie would often snack on crisps and chocolate between meals.

As the weight crept on, Marie’s self-confidence ebbed away. 'I used to burst into tears in changing rooms because everything looked terrible on me,' she said.

Heath risk: The mother knew she had to do something about her weight after she developed diabetes

Heath risk: The mother knew she had to do something about her weight after she developed diabetes

And it wasn't just finding clothes to fit her dress size 26 that was a problem. At nearly 20st, her health deteriorated and she was diagnosed with diabetes.

'I started to worry that I would lose limbs because of my diabetes, or that I would contract heart disease. I didn’t want to jeapordise my health, I wanted to be able to run around after my little boy,' she said.

So in March this year Marie went under the knife and had gastric surgery, which reduced the size of her stomach by three-quarters and limited how much she can eat.

Just six months after the surgery she slimmed down from a size 26 to a size 14 and dropped more than a third of her body weight - losing seven stone.

Comfort eater: Marie used to binge on takeaways and pasties but knew she had to change her lifestyle so she could be a more active and healthy mum to her son

Comfort eater: Marie used to binge on takeaways and pasties but knew she had to change her lifestyle so she could be a more active and healthy mum to her son

She now weighs 12st 7lbs and said she has never felt better.

She said: 'I’ve got so much more confidence and self esteem. I’ve got a million times more energy and can be the mum I’ve always wanted to be.

'I now take him swimming and we go on bike rides and for walks on the beach. Best of all I can have proper cuddles with my son now, because he can finally wrap his little arms around me. It’s the best feeling in the world.'

 

 

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These articles really niggle me. Im desperately trying to lose 4/5 stone,after a few years of health problems, yet every time theres another 'how great is gastric surgery' article it makes me feel like my goals are unreachable without it! How disconcerting! These types of stories make people like me think 'why bother' if there is a quick fix!

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I don't understand how anyone thinks gastric surgery is the easy way out. You still have to watch calories and go to the gym. A very good friend of mine had surgery. She has lost 3 stone but has plateaued, She can only eat little meals and ends up in hospital if she vomits. It is not easy and has its own implications if not followed. A college had surgery and her stomach rejected it. Fair play to this girl for loosing the weight. I think we could all do with being a little less judgemental!

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I think its wonderful that she's lost so much weight, she obviously is a caring mother. However its disconcerting that she lost weight through surgery, there is rarely a story of a person who loses weight without it. I'm having to lose weight because of having a disease in my spine, and am terrified of surgery. I'm trying to hard to do it through diet and exercise, but reading articles like this just makes me feel I can't because nobody else does. - chloe , Middlesbrough, 08/9/2012 09:22 <-------------------- dont give up chloe! my cousin lost about 90 pounds, old school way... took a while but looks great now!!!

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People who are not obese simply don't understand why some people find it impossible to diet and exercise themselves slim so they post nasty uncaring comments on DM pages. There is enough money wasted on politicians and foreigners not to worry about the price of gastric band surgery - especially if it helps so many people. Life is tough for some, why seek to increase the misery of others?

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I work full time and could not afford to have 2 take aways a day plus sweets, never mind have enough to go for surgery. Old reliable pounding the roads for free for me.

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All the people putting this woman down for having surgery if u had the opportunity for a free cosmetic surgery procedure u would refuse? Have u never got ur nails done? Worn make up? Dyed your hair? Artificially tanned urself? If u have never done anything that was unatural to improve the way u look then I can c y u might think it's wrong. Jealous.

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She had a gastric band!! Read the article people before you start congratulating on her effort!

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I wouldn't call surgery effort..

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It's a wonder anyone who has had a gastric band puts themselves forward for this sort of article when they are just gonna get slated for going down the 'lazy' route. But at the end of the day both her and her son are better off now so can't we just be glad for them both?

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This lady had a tummy reduction which is probably a gastric sleeve op. This is an op to reduce the tummy to at least half the original size and not a gastric band. Good luck to,this lady as this is a hard road to go down and the commitment to not eating rubbish food is still very important as such a small intake of food relies on one eating proteins first followed by veggies. Don't underestimate them strength needed for this journey, look it up itis not easy.

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