Malissa Jones, The Fattest Teenager in Britain is now Anorexic
The girl once the dubbed the Fattest Teenager in Britain has now been diagnosed anoxeric by doctors.
Malissa Jones, 21, from Selby, North Yorkshire, became the youngest person in Britain, at age just 17, to undergo gastric band surgery to lose weight. The £10,000 surgery, which doctors used to undertake as a last resort, saw a band fitted on her stomach which prevented her from eating normally. At a massive 34 stones (476lbs), doctors feared for her life. At aged just 15, she had already suffered from a suspected heart attack, and her massive weight was crushing her internal organs on her 5ft 8inch frame.
The drastic surgery saw her weight plummet at a rate of 28lbs per month.
At first, her confidence grew as her figure trimmed down, but she soon became aware that although she was slimmer, her longed-for dream of wearing a bikini on the beach in the summer was never going to happen as her body began to look horrendous with pendulous excess skin that made her body look like that of an old woman.
NHS doctors refused to carry out any skin removal operations, and the £20,000 surgery costs was outwith her budget, according to Malissa.
When she had lost almost half of her body weight and slimmed down to 250lbs, she became pregnant, but halfway through the pregnancy suffered from liver failure and the baby was delivered early. Her little son, Harry, died after only one hour. Doctors say he was severely undernourished because his mother had not been eating properly.
Can't Stop Slimming Down - Now Anorexic
Since then, depressed Malissa has continued to lose weight and is now so thin and undernourished herself that doctors have warned her she may only have six months left to live.
She now weighs just 8 stones (112lbs) and survives on just 300 calories per day in the form of three carrots, 2 parsnips and a roast potato. A normal diet for a young woman of her age and height should be in the range of 1000 – 2000 calories per day.
Malissa has no interest in food. She has been quoted as saying "Swallowing is painful. Eating a tiny amount gives me stomach cramps or makes me sick.”
Formerly, Malissa’s daily intake topped the 15,000 calorie mark. She used to stuff her face with chocolate, potato crisps (chips) and junk food. Her immediate family are also obese, with her mother also opting for gastric band surgery which saw her weight decrease from 26 stones (364lbs) to 15 stones (210lbs).
In Need of Psychological Help
Malissa herself is quoted in Closer Magazine as saying that she wishes she had opted to lose weight naturally and never undergone surgery.
This young woman obviously needed psychological care while still a schoolgirl. If she had been given access to this kind of help when she was obviously crying out for it, it would have saved the National Health Service a fortune in continuing care.
Why did doctors carry out such a drastic operation on someone so young? Doctor’s have since warned Malissa that her chances of carrying a baby to full term are slim to nil, because her gastric banded stomach would not take the strain. Was she warned of this before they put her through the surgery?
Her body is a mess, but I am almost certain that exercising would put that right, eventually. Our bodies skin is completely renewed every 28 days. With exercise to tone up underlying muscles, that excess skin would gradually shrink, though it would take a long time.
This young woman has been failed massively by firstly her own family who have obviously failed to take the utmost care of her, and then by the system.
Malissa if you read this, the whole world is willing you to overcome this, and go on to lead a fruitful life in whatever you choose to do.
Update to this story 2012
Malissa recently got married.
With settling down, her weight has remained stable and her life is no longer considered to be at risk.