Obese woman ‘broke her bed every night’ before gastric sleeve surgery transformation


Carlene Booth, from Glasgow, says she was too heavy for her bed and she had to sleep in the spare room away from her husband before she got the gastric sleeve surgery and lost five and a half stone

Carlene Booth, from Glasgow, was too heavy for her bed that the slats fell down each night
Carlene Booth, from Glasgow, was too heavy for her bed that the slats fell down each night

An obese woman has told how she used to break her bed every night before she had her gastric sleeve surgery.

Carlene Booth, from Glasgow, says she was too heavy for her bed that the slats fell down each night and she had to sleep in the spare room away from her husband.

The 31-year-old said she started gaining weight as a child and developed a food addiction.

The banking associate says she kept using this coping mechanism through adulthood as she came to weigh 17 stone and 5lbs.

The stress from going into lockdown also caused her to binge.

Now, Carlene has dropped five and a half stone and went from a UK dress size of 20 to 12 after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery.

In January 2021, Carlene decided enough was enough and took matters into her own hands
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Carlene developed a food addiction as a child
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Carlene said: “I was beginning to feel so disgusted in myself that I would sleep in the spare room bed away from my husband Robert at night because I was taking up so much room.

“I was too heavy for our main bed and the slats would fall down every night. I would wake myself up breathless at night from turning in bed.”

The mum-of-one said she also started to feel isolated from her friends because they were thinner than her.


Carlene decided to get the gastric sleeve surgery as she was finding everyday activities difficult
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In January 2021 she decided enough was enough and took matters into her own hands.

She said: “It was January 2021 – another new year where I was promising myself I would get fit and healthy.

“I could barely move, my face and arms felt like they were going to burst as I was so swollen.

“I was terrified of catching Covid as I was extremely breathless and would constantly worry about being unable to breathe.


Carlene now loves her new life and says she has gained so much confidence
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“One Friday night in January I was feeling so depressed and hopeless, I googled ‘help from GP for weight loss’ and realised that I could pay privately for weight loss surgery. I knew there and then that I was going to have a sleeve.”

The gastric sleeve is a weight-loss procedure where the stomach is reduced to about 15 per cent of its original size. The surgery involves removing a large portion of the stomach.

Carlene said: “My husband has always thought I was beautiful and never put me down for my weight.

Carlene reached the point of hating herself due to her weight
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“He agreed to help me and I started the process again with clinics in the UK – and eventually decided on a company called Tonic Surgery and had my surgery five weeks later.”

Following the surgery, Carlene adapted her diet and lifestyle to maintain the weight loss.

She said: “The first two weeks post-surgery were just liquids – like protein shakes or broths – and then it was two weeks of pureed food while the staple lining of the stomach healed.

Carlene reached a weight of seventeen-stone five-pounds during pandemic lockdowns
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“Now I can eat anything but in very small portions such as a side plate or small bowl.

“In terms of exercise, I try to walk every day and do muscle-strengthening workouts such as body pumps.”

Now she feels more confident and no longer sleeps in the spare room.

She said: “It has 100-per cent changed my life in so many ways.”

Carlene says her relationship with food has completely changed
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Carlene continued: “I no longer view food in the same way now, food is fuel and helps to keep me alive and well whereas before it was slowly killing me.

“I do things now without even thinking about it – silly things like playing football with my eight-year-old son Bobby. Before I wouldn’t have been able to. I am forever grateful for my sleeve.”

She added: “I am learning to love myself again.

“Body dysmorphia is a huge struggle for weight loss surgery patients. Some days I forget that I have lost 80-pounds and still expect to struggle with the most basic tasks like showering.

“I look in the mirror sometimes and still see a massive girl – but then I fit into my size 12 clothes and I have to give myself a reality check. It will be a lifelong journey but I am getting there day by day.”

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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