A formerly obese woman who compared herself to a baby elephant has lost half her body weight after a comment from her DAD.
Maddy Ghorob, 29, tipped the scales at 295lbs (21 stone) after a childhood of calorific meals.
The law student from Los Angeles amassed numerous health issues and would even miss days of school at a time because she couldn’t walk.
Maddy Ghorob, 29, tipped the scales at 295lbs (21 stone) after a childhood of calorific meals
One year ago, the law student underwent weight loss surgery and has since lost 126lbs
Her concerned parents used food to BRIBE her into exercising – offering her fast food if she went running.
She was constantly bullied for her weight and relied on Google images before going to restaurants to check she could fit in the seating.
As well as fearing she would die, her wake-up call come when her loving dad told her he was embarrassed to be in public with her.
As well as fearing she would die, her wake-up call come when her loving dad told her he was embarrassed to be in public with her
Maddy says now that she has lost the weight, she feels like she’s been ‘reborn’
One year ago she underwent weight loss surgery and has since lost 126lbs (9stone).
Now the brunette shares her stunning transformation photos to 80k followers on her Instagram account @eff-being-fat
Maddy said: ‘I used to weigh the same as a baby elephant. I wasn’t living.
‘At times I just wanted to die.
‘One day my dad said ‘I’m embarrassed to go out with you. Not because you’re fat, because your weight shows people that you don’t care about yourself and you don’t value your body or life’.
‘I know this sounds terrible for a father to say. But we have always been very open and honest with each other and I had tough skin.
Growing up with Iranian parents, she feasted on cultural delicacies and calorific snacks
Maddy said: ‘I used to weigh the same as a baby elephant. I wasn’t living’
‘It didn’t offend me. I didn’t want people to think I didn’t care about my health, my body, and my future.
‘That was when I decided to get surgery and now life has changed so much.
‘I feel like I’ve been reborn.’
Maddy struggled with her weight her entire life.
Growing up with Iranian parents, she feasted on cultural delicacies such as fried cow tongue – consuming up to three a day of calorific snacks.
Maddy said: ‘I’ve been overweight since I could walk.
‘My entire family is, or was, overweight at some point in my life, so being fat was a norm.
Maddy admits: ‘My entire family is, or was, overweight at some point in my life, so being fat was a norm’
Maddy claims: ‘Even strangers are nicer to me because I am nicer to them because I’m not scared of rejection’
‘My diet as a child was ridiculous.
‘For example, in our culture we eat a lot of cow tongue.
‘It’s the most delicious way to get instant heart disease. When I was little I loved it and would eat two or three a day.
‘I was six years old and eating over 2000 calories a day of fatty cow tongue.’
By the time Maddy was eight-years-old she was so big her family feared she was at risk of damaging her health.
She said: ‘My family finally started realising that I wasn’t just a chubby kid any longer; I was going down a deathly path.
‘They tried to get me involved in sports or take me walking. At times they even bribed me with food.
‘They would take me to Burger King if I would exercise on the treadmill for an hour.
‘But I was so fat that even at eight years of age it was hard for me to be active.’
The extra weight made her a target for bullies.
She said: ‘I was bullied constantly – even by certain family members.
‘It was so hard. As I grew up the bullying stopped but the discrimination didn’t.
‘It wasn’t always obvious, sometimes just stares.
‘The worst thing was not fitting into seats, cars, and restaurant booths.
‘I would always have to Google pictures of restaurants beforehand to make sure the seating was okay for me. It was so embarrassing.
‘I couldn’t live normally because I was always so anxious about going in public.’
Her health declined and she was diagnosed with high blood pressure; pre diabetic, sleep apnoea and high cholesterol.
In addition she had a fatty liver and gallbladder problems.
She also suffered from migraines due to lack of oxygen, severe sciatica back pain and asthma.
Maddy said: ‘I couldn’t talk for long without getting lightheaded and feeling like I was about to faint.
‘I was scared of dying. I knew it was only a matter of time before my medical problems would get worse and I would die.
Maddy started pre-surgery classes in May 2015 and in November last year underwent a gastric sleeve
‘That’s actually what finally pushed me to do something as drastic as surgery.’
Maddy started pre-surgery classes in May 2015 and in November last year underwent a gastric sleeve.
She said: ‘I never regretted it once. It’s hard, it’s painful.
‘I threw up a lot and couldn’t eat.
‘I was so thirsty at times because I couldn’t drink water fast enough that I would literally cry.
‘I would sit and cry because I just wanted to chug a glass of water but couldn’t.
‘I had to sip a spoon of water every few minutes.
‘People think it’s easy, I hear that all the time but they couldn’t be more wrong.’
After the first few months the patient’s stomach expands and it’s down to willpower not to revert back to old habits.
Maddy added: ‘My stomach has expanded and I am able to eat everything and anything. But I don’t.
‘The last six or so months have been all me exercising my willpower and self-control.’
Having celebrated her one year weight loss anniversary last week, she claims her life has changed for the better.
Maddy said: ‘I am happier, I am more confident, I am social, I am lively, I am nicer, I am more fun.
‘People want to be around me and include me in plans. Even strangers are nicer to me because I am nicer to them because I’m not scared of rejection or being made fun of.
‘I definitely get more attention from guys. It’s such a weird and fun feeling getting hit on by guys every time I go out – even when I’m in sweats and no makeup.
‘It’s so strange. I’ve never experienced this before.’