Dental nurse who tipped the scales at 23st is unrecognisable after shedding half her body weight – and says rejecting a man who once fat-shamed her was a ‘moment of redemption’
- Katie Davies, from Staffordshire, gained weight as a teen after death in family
- By the age of 21, she was tipping the scales at 23 stone and was a size 22-24
- Forked out £8,000 on a ‘life-saving’ gastric bypass which helped her lose 12st
- Make-up lover now weighs just under 11 stone and is a slinky size 12
A dental nurse who lost 12 stone after forking out £8,000 on a ‘life-saving’ gastric bypass finally had her moment of ‘redemption’ – when she rejected the man who once fat-shamed her.
Katie Davies, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, was a size 22-24 at the age of 21 – leaving her unable to climb stairs without being breathless, using heavy make-up as a ‘mask’ and ‘feeling disgusted’ when she looked in the mirror.
After being told by a doctor she’d need to lose 12 stone to be healthy she ‘burst into tears’ and after ‘trying everything’ and knowing she couldn’t do it herself, booked the private bypass surgery for six weeks later.
The make-up lover described eventually reaching that milestone in December 2020 as a ‘dream come true’ and she now weighs just under 11 stone and is around a slinky size 12.
However one of her most ‘satisfying’ moments came when she was able to tell a lad who had fat-shamed her when she was ‘big’ then asked her out – and she was able to tell him ‘no thank you, sir, absolutely not’.
Katie Davies, from Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, who weighed 23st looks unrecognisable lost 12 stone after forking out £8,000 on a ‘life-saving’ gastric bypass (left before in February 2019, and right, in June 2021)
After being told by a doctor she’d need to lose 12 stone to be healthy she ‘burst into tears’ and after ‘trying everything’ and knowing she couldn’t do it herself, booked the private bypass surgery for six weeks later
She said she was 17 years old when she started gaining weight after the grief of losing a family member started a ‘vicious cycle’ of using food as a ‘coping mechanism’.
Katie went to DisneyLand Paris to celebrate her 21st birthday which ‘should have been one of the most amazing and magical trips’ she’s ever been on but spent the entire time out of breath.
She said at this point she couldn’t enjoy herself, or enjoy her life properly.
Katie said: ‘I couldn’t leave the house without getting upset about what I was wearing because I felt that I looked disgusting or my clothes didn’t fit me properly.
Katie recalled a time back in 2018 when someone said ‘you used to be so beautiful’ when looking at her prom photo when she was a slimmer size 16-18
At her heaviest, Katie’s self esteem hit an all-time low and she said she felt ‘disgusted’ at herself (left, in January 2019, and right, in April 2019)
‘I used to wear so much make-up and used it as a mask – I think I thought ‘well if I’ve got pink sparkly eyeshadow on then nobody will be looking at the size of my face or belly’.
She said her self esteem hit an all time low, adding: ‘I hated looking in the mirror – I think that’s when I got the most upset and hardly brushed my hair because it would mean that I’d have to sit in the mirror and pay attention to myself.
‘I used to say to my mum that “I’ll always just be the fat funny girl” and that’s how people will describe me, and I didn’t want that or to feel that way.’
Katie added: ‘It got to the point where I was just so sad all the time and prior to the weight loss I was a very confident and outgoing person but I just knew that side of me was slipping away and that I didn’t want to be that person for the rest of my life.’
Katie went to DisneyLand Paris to celebrate her 21st birthday which ‘should have been one of the most amazing and magical trips’ she’s ever been on but spent the entire time out of breath
Katie said she was left feeling ‘so sad all the time’ after piling on the pounds (pictured, in May 2019)
Katie paid £8,000 to have her gastric bypass surgery in May 2019 and she believes around two-thirds of her stomach was removed from the procedure (left, in December 2018 weighing 23 stone, and right in June 2021, weighing 11st)
Despite the make-up lover ‘trying everything’ from diets to personal trainers, she said she couldn’t lose the weight herself, and when she returned from her trip to France booked a private consultation with a doctor.
Katie said she was never bullied for her weight but did receive comments about it and learnt to grow a ‘thick skin’.
She recalled a time back in 2018 when someone said ‘you used to be so beautiful’ when looking at her prom photo when she was a slimmer size 16-18.
Katie said: ‘I’ve always remembered that because I remember thinking ‘they just said that I used to be beautiful, not that I am.’
Katie said she was never bullied for her weight but did receive comments about it and learnt to grow a ‘thick skin’ (left, in April 2019 weighing 23 stone, and right, wearing the same skirt in August 2019 after her surgery)
Incredible polaroids document the 12 month difference in Katie’s appearance thanks to her 12 stone weight loss
‘I was upset about that for about six weeks because it just kept going around in my head and I was thinking ‘I can’t believe somebody said that to me’.
A TIMELINE OF KATIE’S INCREDIBLE 12 STONE WEIGHTLOSS
Disneyland Paris for 21st birthday: February 2019
Private consultation: End March 2019
Gastric bypass operation: 25th May 2019
November 2019: Lost six stone
April 2020: Lost 10 stone
December 2020: Lost 12 stone
Breast uplift surgery: 3rd April 2021
‘I thought he [the doctor] was going to say “you need to lose six stone to be a healthy weight” and he turned around and said “you need to lose 12 stone for you to be a healthy weight for your age.”
‘I burst into tears and thought “I can’t even lose one, how am I ever going to lose 12?” and he went on to suggest having a gastric bypass and thought that would be the best option.
‘My mum turned around to me and said “this is going to save your life, you’ve got to do it” and they booked me in there and then, then six weeks later I had it done.’
Katie paid £8,000 to have her gastric bypass surgery in May 2019 and she believes around two-thirds of her stomach was removed from the procedure.
Afterwards, she was losing a stone a month as in November 2019 she’d lost six, the following April ten and in December 2020 she’d reached her 12 stone mark.
Katie said: ‘Reaching the 12 stone milestone was really emotional because two years ago a man in a consultation room told me that I needed to lose 12 stone and I remember saying “I’ll never do that”.
‘I stood on the scales and shouted to my mum “I’ve lost 12 stone – that’s it, it’s done, it’s gone” – it was like my dream was coming true.
Katie, who now exercises several times a week, said achieving her 12 stone weight loss was like a ‘dream come true’ (pictured, in January 2021)
After her weight loss, the 23-year-old is now determined to inspire others and help people feel ‘happy in the body they have got’
‘That for a long time was the only thing I’d ever wanted – I’d done what I needed to do and I was really glad that I did it.’
WHAT IS BARIATRIC SURGERY?
Bariatric surgery is a variety of procedures designed to help a patient lose weight.
Surgeries include reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band, or removing part of the stomach through a gastric sleeve.
It also includes gastric bypass surgery, in which surgeons reroute the intestine to a small stomach pouch which shrinks the stomach.
The 23-year-old has since had a £6,400 breast uplift in April this year as she went from wearing a 48G bra at the largest before her gastric bypass to a 32DD at the smallest after she’d lost the weight.
Katie now leads a healthy lifestyle and exercises around two to three times a week.
One of her most ‘satisfying’ moments came when she was able to tell a lad who had fat-shamed her when she was ‘big’ then asked her out – and she was able to tell him ‘no thank you, sir, absolutely not’.
Katie said: ‘A boy said to my ex “why are you with her?” – I was sitting right next to him and remember saying, “I might be fat but I can still hear you”.
‘Then I lost all this weight and he came over to me in the pub and was like “oh, I won’t lie when you were big I really didn’t think you were pretty but you’re gorgeous now. Go on, let me take you out”
‘I was like “are you crazy? Absolutely not, no. How could you have made me feel so bad about myself for having a boyfriend when I was big and now that I’m not you want to take me out? No thank you sir, I’m ok.”
‘The first moment I think I went home because I was so upset and then when he said that to me I facetimed my mum in the pub toilets being like “guess who I’ve just told to bog off – he’s not taking me out”.
‘It was like redemption. It was very satisfying – I remember walking off thinking “yeah, you watch me walk away”.
The 23-year-old has since had a £6,400 breast uplift in April this year as she went from wearing a 48G bra at the largest before her gastric bypass to a 32DD at the smallest after she’d lost the weight (pictured, before the surgery)
Katie claims she’s now a ‘different person’ and the ‘happiest she’s ever been’ and posts TikTok videos about her journey in a bid to help others with one amassing more than a million views
‘I think he was a bit gobsmacked – it was kind of like a big 180. He made me feel so small and I hope he now realises that his comments do hurt.
‘I didn’t have to be horrible to him, or insult him, I just had to say ‘no’ and that knocked his ego enough for him to realise that he shouldn’t have said what he said, and maybe he won’t do it to other girls in the future.’
Katie claims she’s now a ‘different person’ and the ‘happiest she’s ever been’ and posts TikTok videos about her journey in a bid to help others with one amassing more than a million views.
Katie now exercises around two to three times a week and hopes to inspire others with her lifestyle change
Katie said: ‘Socially I’m now able to do things that I would never have done before and I posted a TikTok that had a million views and a boy commented on it, who is now my boyfriend.’
‘The meaning behind body positivity is for you to feel happy in the body that you’ve got – whether that’s 23 stone, 13 stone, 8 stone – no matter what shape, size, colour, gender or sexuality it’s about you being happy in that body, and if you aren’t happy, then change it, you shouldn’t feel guilty for that.
‘If you don’t like something, do something about it and make yourself happy, because nobody else is going to do it.’
TYPICAL DIET BEFORE GASTRIC BYPASS SURGERY
BREAKFAST: Four or more pieces of toast.
LUNCH: Large sausage roll, fizzy drink, big bag of crisps and a chocolate bar.
DINNER: Four to five nights a week she’d have takeaway or fast food, like Indian and Mcdonald’s. Then afterwards she’d have a big bag of Doritos, packet of biscuits, fizzy drinks, chocolate and sweets etc.
TYPICAL DIET NOW
BREAKFAST: Piece of toast with banana or fruit.
LUNCH: Half a wrap with a filling like lettuce, ham, onions and mayonnaise, with a little bit of fruit or yoghurt.
DINNER: Chicken salad with lettuce onions, sweetcorn and cucumber or pasta with tuna and mayonnaise for instance.
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