Woman shows the honest side of dramatic 9st weight loss with pictures of loose skin
A woman who once weighed more than 28st (177kg) has shared images of her body post weight-loss, in a bid to raise funds for necessary excess skin removal surgery.
Canadian Kayla Butcher (24) took to her Instagram account to share photographs of the "apron" of skin she has been left with after losing more than 9st (57kg) following gastric band surgery in 2016.
Despite the incredible transformation, Kayla said that the excess skin on her stomach, arms and thighs is preventing her from being truly confident in her body.
"It is very emotionally difficult to deal with, finally being freed from the weight I've carried since I was a child but still feeling trapped inside a body that constantly reminds me of the lifetime of pain and struggle. Wearing clothes is more difficult and being intimate is even more so daunting than before," she said.
However, because the cosmetic surgery Kayla needs to remove the skin is not covered by the public system, the 24-year-old is now fund raising to gather the $10k (€9.2k) she needs to undergo the procedure.
Taking to her GoFundMe page, Kayla said her difficult upbringing contributed to her obesity and said the procedure would finally allow her to live the life she always dreamed of.
"I left a very unhealthy home environment at 16 years old and have been doing it on my own since. I am momma Bear to the rest of my siblings and friends. I do all I can on a regular basis to help others in need and I am now asking for some help in return. No one's life is easy that's for sure, however I have struggled to get by at this point and it would take me years to save for these surgeries on my own," she said.