The world’s heaviest woman who once weighed 68 stone buys her “first bikini ever”
Published 19/10/2015 | 14:26
Catrina Raiford who was once the heaviest woman in the world has shed more than 32 stone which she said has boosted her confidence and given her a new lease of life.
The 38-year-old was once bed bound because of her massive weight which was 68-stone at her heaviest.
In 2003, a bulldozer had to knock down one side of her house in order to transport her to hospital to be treated for breathing difficulties.
Following what she said was an embarrassing spectacle; Catrina overhauled her diet and cut out processed foods until she had lost enough weight to partake in light exercise.
After losing more than 21 stone, Catrina underwent a gastric bypass surgery and to date has shed more than half her body weight throughout the last twelve years.
"The demolition of that wall was the beginning of me breaking away from being a prisoner in my own home, me breaking away from obesity related medical conditions, breaking away from immobility, and breaking away from the death grip that the fat had held on my life for so many years," she wrote on her GoFundMe page.
"I vowed that if I was able to make it through this experience my life would never be the same, and boy was I right."
Catrina revealed that she turned to food as a comfort after she was sexually abused in childhood.
By the time she turned 14, Catrina already weighed 32 stone and was admitted into psychiatric care to help cope with her food addiction and address her haunting ordeals.
Catrina revealed that by the time she was 21, she was bedbound and living with her mother. She would turn to online chat rooms as a way to escape her reality.
"I was certain that I would never be able to drive, go to college, work, or even be able to go outside and breathe fresh air. I suffered from sleep apnea, cellulites, congestive heart failure, and was literally being killed by the fat that surrounded my short 5 feet 2 inch frame," she said.
Catrina hopes to have her excess skin removed, which she believes will reduce her weight by another ten stone, and has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the procedure.
"My walking, bending, standing, and sedentary movement is compromised by the extra skin hanging from my body. The extra skin that is restricting my mobility is also restricting my ability to continue reaching my weight loss goal," she wrote.
“Last year I bought my first bikini ever,” she said.