A WOMAN who once tipped the scales at almost 50 STONE has managed to lose well over two-thirds of her body weight in an incredible transformation.
Amber Rachdi weighed 11 stone when she was just five years old and has continued to gain weight throughout her adult life.
At her worst, she could not stand for more than half an hour as doctors warned she could be dead by the age of 30.
But after making a series of drastic changes in her life, she lost more than 20 stones following life-saving bariatric surgery.
At the time, she admitted she couldn’t have foreseen a future for herself and once believed she would “never change.”
Before the operation, she told the Mail: “Everything hurts. I’m so limited in what I can do and where I can go.
“I feel trapped. I am unhappy. I don’t like being that person. I don’t like this size.
“Sometimes I feel so hopeless, I feel like it’s not worth it. That maybe it would be better if I had never been born.”
Despite her heavy weight, Amber always believed she was eating healthy — and shed her excess pounds by eating more than she should.
She says she has used foods to help control feelings of anxiety and deal with fear of failure.
But eventually her comfort food got out of control and took its toll.
“My relationship with food is unhealthy,” she said while at her most severe.
“I spend much of the day worrying about what I’m going to eat and when I’m going to get it.
“There’s anticipation before I eat, but it’s not fun. There is a feeling of despair and sadness. Food is a comfort and it helps me avoid reality. I’m very scared and I don’t like it.
“I am at peace while I eat. I don’t have to think about how I let down everyone around me. It’s a distraction.”
Realizing she needed a change, Amber eventually sought the help of a bariatric specialist when her family moved to Houston, Texas in the United States.
Months later, she went under the knife and received life-saving stomach surgery in 2014.
It ultimately turned out to be a turning point, as Amber lost dozens of pounds and was motivated to completely overhaul her lifestyle.
She changed her diet and started going to the gym regularly.
Amber also turned to a therapist for professional help, where she learned to manage her anxiety and better understand her previous coping mechanisms.
Documenting her incredible transformation on her Instagram page, Amber is now posting body positive pictures online and jokes that she’s “just regular fat” now.
Posting a selfie, she told her 260,000 followers, “I’ll never be skinny but I think I’ve made peace with it.”
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