Nikki Webster, a 33-year-old resident of Arkansas, lost about 90 kg in 12 months thanks to gastric bypass surgery. Until this turning point, the extremely obese American woman could barely stand and shower.
Being overweight made simple things like getting out of bed and cleaning up in the bathroom a real challenge for Webster. The woman will talk about her struggle on TLC’s ‘My 600 lb Life’ on February 28.
Nikki admitted: ‘My weight was undermining my health. My body was in pain and I hated it. However, I was able to tell myself that food has become an addiction for me and that this addiction is killing me.
It took the American woman eight hours to travel with her father Terry from her home in Little Rock, Arkansas to Houston, Texas for a consultation with Dr. Yunan Nowzaradan.
At the consultation, Nikki found out that she would have to lose 22-23 kg with a strict diet before she could have a gastric bypass.
The first goal was achieved in just three months, and Dr. Yunan agreed to operate on the obese patient. After a stomach constriction, Webster began to lose weight before her eyes – and in 12 months she lost about 90 kg.
Nikki additionally visited a psychotherapist in order to consolidate her results and never return to the path of gluttony. The sessions with the psychotherapist ended for the patient with a touching heart-to-heart talk with her mother Llewellyn and sister Courtney.
Until this turning point, Courtney forbade her children to see Nikki so that her aunt would not traumatize the children’s psyche with her terrible appearance.
Currently, Webster plans to lose another 90 kg over the next 12-18 months.
A slimming American from Arkansas will open the fourth season of ‘My 600 lb Life’. At the time of filming, Nikki lost 28.5 kg in one month.
She admitted to Dr. Nauzaradan that she was not confident in her abilities and thought that she would not have time to lose weight on time. In addition, medical tests revealed that the patient had pulmonary hypertension, which was provoked by obesity problems. This meant that Nikki’s heart was unable to
supply enough oxygen to the body, thus making stomach surgery too risky.
During this period, Webster worked hard on herself. She was able to overcome the obsessive thought that all her efforts might be in vain, and after three months the thinner patient was successfully operated on.
Even before starting the wellness program, Nikki admitted to her food addiction. She said that she was simply unable to stop and stop wasting money on food, even in front of the fear of death.
‘I drove myself. Food has always been an indestructible habit for me. This addiction was killing me, ”Webster said with tears in her eyes.
Nikki is in her 40s, but she still lives with her parents, who didn’t oppose her daughter and let her overeat.
‘When my day began, I couldn’t wait for the time to eat,’ recalls the American. “My mom or my dad used to send me a plate of food up the lift so I didn’t have to go downstairs for breakfast myself.”
Webster was forced to admit that her family fueled her addiction, which made things like getting out of bed and taking a shower a real pain.
‘My mum and dad both cook and they will do anything I want for me,’ Nikki said.
Each hour-long episode of ‘My 600lb Life’ tells the story of an obese man who travels to Houston, Texas to meet Dr. Younan Nauzaradan in hopes of getting a gastric bypass.