After losing a significant amount of weight at a U.S. Fat Camp for a television programme, she has now piled on even more weight that she arrived with.
During the three years after the show, Georgia became too fat to even leave her South Wales house. She would spend all of her time sitting in her room watching TV and chatting to her online friends and only went downstairs to eat, which she did by sliding down the stairs on her backside.
Last week, the Welsh teenager tried to stand up and found that she couldn’t. The sheer weight of her fat was too heavy for her legs to support. Her parents were forced to call the rescue service, who spent an estimated £100,000 removing two walls from the terraced house.
She is now recovering at the Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, where she has been all weekend testing for kidney disease, spinal problems, respiratory failure and diabetes.
Georgia said: ‘We all die in the end…but food will inevitably kill me. I can’t handle losing weight, my stepdad’s lung cancer, mum’s sickness and my depression all at once.”
After watching her father die from a heart attack at a young age, Georgia began to comfort eat. Her mother Lesley, 57, provided all of the food, which included processed meals, whole loaves worth of sandwiches, fizzy drinks, chunks of cheese, pasties, milk, chips and chocolate to name a fraction. Neighbours report frequent visits from fast food delivery staff who bring takeaways regularly to the immobile child.
Georgia treats her condition as a ‘food addiction’, which she likens to heroin. She is thought to consume around 13,000 calories a day – that’s 11,000 more than her daily recommended allowance.
Georgia’s excessive weight hammers home the need to provide support for families going through difficult times. Nutritional education needs to be at the forefront of the school curriculum and more needs to be done to raise awareness of mental health problems in children from a young age. Young people need to know that there is help available and that life will get better eventually.
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