She spent years in denial about her size, and the men she dated only made things worse.
Courtney Maguire, 30 from Houston in Texas, USA, battled alcoholism and food addictions and was 22 stone at her heaviest.
“Dating was difficult, I was constantly rejected for my weight and the men who did want to date me usually viewed my weight as a fetish,” she said.
“The men who dated me would tell me they preferred bigger girls and would essentially enable my bad eating me by not being very supportive if I tried to diet.
“It would always hurt my feelings when guys would tell me they liked bigger girls because I felt like I wasn’t seen as the human I was, I was just seen as a bigger girl to them.
“I was also in denial about my weight so when guys would say this to me it would sting a little harder.”
In 2009 she decided to have a gastric lap-band fitted, but it left her struggling to digest food and she would vomit too.
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In the end Courtney started bingeing again, and she ended up putting on even more weight.
“I would go to fast food places and order five meals and there would be some nights where I was able to eat it all, if I ate it right,” she said.
“I started to develop an even more intense compulsion with eating.
“I decided to get it removed and diet and exercise normally but that didn’t last long as I ended up getting to 22 stone.”
She tried diets and then in 2014 decided to have a gastric bypass. It was at this point that she also quit alcohol.
For two weeks afterwards she could only manage protein shakes and her portions were much smaller.
She stuck to a strict diet and began exercising regularly, managing to lose 11 stone 7lbs.
However, the weight loss left her with excess skin so she treated herself to a boob job and a tummy tuck in 2016.
She said: “People compared my stomach to women who have had multiple children. Just a deflated balloon and my breasts had lost all fat.
“Being 29 and single, I knew I wanted to get the skin removed and my breasts filled back up again.
“I had worked so hard on my physical appearance, I looked at this as a reward.”
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She added: “My transformation has entirely changed my life.
“As a recovering alcoholic, I know for a fact if I wasn’t sober, none of this would be possible.”
We recently reported on Amanda Roberts, who has lost so much weight she’s been left with loose skin on her stomach, while obese twins whose weight totaled 95 stones decided to go under the knife in a bid to slim down.