A woman from Changchun weighing some 240 kilograms is looking to lose her unfortunate title as “China’s most obese woman” and recently underwent gastric bypass surgery to hopefully improve her health and self-esteem.
The 31-year-old woman has had multiple health problems resulting from her weight, including troubles with breathing properly, reports Sina News. It has also affected her psyche. She says that a crippling lack of self-confidence has led to her staying at home for the past 6 years, where strangers’ judgments can’t reach her.
She says that her weight problems are the result of her overindulgent diet.
“I love barbecue and beer. I could eat 100 kebabs and drink twenty bottles of beer in one sitting,” she told reporters. She said that she weighed 95 kilograms by the time she entered middle school and was up to 150 kilograms during college.
However, all things considered, she seems to be recovering well after her surgery and apparently has enough self-confidence to talk to local news outlets and have her picture taken — though she used a pseudonym for the story. Doctors say that she will be able to lose 50 kg each year after the surgery, as long as she sticks to following a healthy diet. Cutting down to ten bottles of beer per sitting would be a good start.
If you are skeptical about this woman’s weight loss chances, just know that miracles have happened before. Last year, we reported on how “Guangxi’s fattest man” was able to slim down by 130 kg after a weight-loss procedure.
China is home to the second-largest population of obese people in the world (USA #1!) , and while that might not be surprising considering its overall population size, recent research shows that more than 30% of China’s adult population is overweight, and 11% are obese.
Perhaps more alarming is the rate at which child obesity has risen in recent years. Among the 188 countries included in the 2014 Lancet report, China had the fourth-greatest increase in overweight/obesity prevalence among children. Some researchers have blamed this dangerous trend on too-permissive grandparents.
[Images via Sina // CCTV]