A morbidly obese woman who tipped the scales at 243kg and was too fat to have sex with her husband has slept with him for the first time – after losing 95kg.
Brittani Fulfer says she started gorging on food as a coping mechanism after she was sexually abused by a family member from the age of five.
When she married her husband, Bill, she was 177kg but soon ballooned to 243kg.
The 32-year-old says she was so ashamed of her flab that she wouldn’t let him see her naked, meaning sex was totally out of the question.
However, after being fitted with a gastric band, she has lost a hefty 15st in one year – and finally consummated her marriage.
Before her surgery, she said: “My husband doesn’t see me undress most of the time.
“I don’t walk around naked because I am afraid that he will be absolutely disgusted if he sees me and that he will never look at me the same way again.
“So, I hide and do nothing all day.”
At 19, Brittani, who suffers from a disease that attacks the thyroid, was suffered a devastating blow when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.
Subsequently, she said she gorged on food even more.
Opening up about how her constant eating left her in pain, she said: “I think about food non-stop from the moment I wake up until the moment I go to bed.
“I know that’s not normal, but I can’t remember a time when food wasn’t the most important thing to me.
“Most the time I’m like, ‘Maybe it’d be better if I don’t wake up’ because every day, I look at myself in the mirror and I’m like: ‘what did you do to yourself?’
“A human body should not look the way my body looks. It is the most disgusting thing in the world.
“I am so big that I am almost to the point where I can’t even take care of myself.”
Brittani, from Tualatin, Oregon, told how washing presented the “most exhausting” challenge, revealing she would feel like she “stinks” even after showering.
However, she said she felt guilty about her gastric band surgery, revealing “food was my best friend and I feel like I’ve lost someone close to me”.
With counselling, Brittani managed to stick to her diet plan and lost an incredible 15st in 12 months.
And she believes it has saved her marriage.
Speaking after her op, she said: “We’re closer together and now, intimate like man and wife, instead of just roommates. We’re like a newly married couple!”