An obese woman who tipped the scales at 590lbs (267kg) managed to trim down to 221lbs (100kg) after undergoing gastric-bypass surgery.
June McCamey turned to comfort food when her son suddenly died aged just 17 in 2011.
After suffering both a stroke and a heart attack, Ms McCamey decided enough was enough and met with Dr Younan Nowzaradan, star of the hit TLC reality show My 600lb Life.
After undergoing bariatric surgery in her native
But the stress of planning a wedding to her lesbian partner Mary caused her weight to creep back up to 300lbs (136kg).
Determined to get back on track, Ms McCamey appeared on the follow-up show My 600lb Life: Where Are They Now?.
She eventually said ‘I do’ at 221lbs, edging one step closer to her 200lb (90kg) goal.
June McCamey, pictured at her heaviest, tipped the scales at a morbidly obese 590lbs (267kg)
After having bariatric surgery, Ms McCamey got down to 221lbs (100kg). Pictured about to marry her lesbian partner Mary, Ms McCamey is edging closer to her 200lb (90kg) goal
Ms McCamey’s weight started creeping up during each of her four pregnancies.
It then became out of control after her son Kenneth died just a few months before his 18th birthday eight years ago.
Ms McCamey’s now-ex lesbian partner Sadi was eventually forced to help her wash when she became too large to look after herself.
But Sadi also encouraged Ms McCamey’s weight gain by picking up fast food for her up to three times a day.
Ms McCamey’s obese frame led to her suffering a stroke in 2010 and a heart attack the following year, which prompted her to meet Dr Nowzaradan.
At her heaviest, Ms McCamey relied on her ex partner Sadi to help her wash
The stress of wedding planning caused her weight to rise to 300lbs (136kg), which she lost
Ms McCamey admitted her obese frame made walking painful
Dr Nowzaradan told Ms McCamey she had to lose weight before she could be eligible for bariatric surgery.
But the pain of grieving her son made it too difficult for her to commit to a healthy lifestyle.
On the recommendation of her doctors, Ms McCamey decided to see a therapist.
This allowed Ms McCamey to finally accept her son’s passing. She later became slim enough for a bypass.
Ms McCamey got her weight down from 300lbs (136kg) to 221lbs in time to say ‘I do’
Ms McCamey’s weight crept on during her four pregnancies. But it was the death of her son Kenneth at just 17 that caused her to turn to fast food up to three times a day for comfort
After a therapist helped her accept her son’s death, Ms McCamey adopted a healthy lifestyle and lost weight ahead of her surgery. She is pictured at 312lbs (141kg)
Ms McCamey started losing weight almost immediately after her bariatric surgery, which left her desperate to have her excess folds of skin removed.
This caused her to butt heads with Dr Nowzaradan, who said she had to be less than 300lbs (136kg) to qualify for the operation.
With Ms McCamey marginally missing out at 306lbs (138kg), the medic agreed she could have the surgery, but only on her right thigh.
He also warned Ms McCamey her weight loss was stalling from a rate of 16lbs (7kg) a month to just 7lbs (3kg).
Ms McCamey argued she could not be overeating while she was continuing to lose weight, but admitted her size made walking painful.
After having the skin removed from her right thigh, Ms McCamey still weighed 292lbs (132kg), which she put down to ‘bad choices’.
Ms McCamey is the slimmest she has been in years and celebrated losing another 58lbs (26kg)
She went under the knife to have a gastric bypass and excess skin removed from her legs
Ms McCamey would get into heated discussions with Dr Nowzaradan (pictured together), star of the hit TLC reality show My 600lb Life. He accused her weight loss of ‘stalling’
Dr Nowzaradan argued her weight was a ‘chronic problem’ and she should be less than 200lbs by now.
Ms McCamey insisted she had a ‘handle’ on the situation but has ‘moments’ when her willpower slips.
She even said she did not want to weigh less than 200lbs, which led Dr Nowzaradan to accuse her of ‘justifying her eating disorder’.
During the heated discussion, the medic agreed she could have excess skin removed from her left thigh if she got down to 250lbs (113kg).
‘I’m going to rise to the occasion and show him what I can do,’ Ms McCamey said.
Appearing on the update show, Ms McCamey weighed in at 242lbs,
WHAT IS A LAPAROSCOPIC GASTRIC BYPASS?
A laparoscopic gastric bypass, or Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), is considered the ‘gold standard’ for weight-loss surgery.
It involves creating a small pouch in the stomach that restricts food intake and reduces nutrient absorption.
The pouch also limits food from coming into contact with the upper or lower intestine, further preventing absorption.
The operation involves five-to-six incisions in the abdomen.
Surgeons then staple the top portion of the stomach to separate it from the bottom, creating a pouch.
A small section of the small intestine is then attached to the pouch, allowing food to bypass to the lower stomach.
- One year after surgery, people lose on average 77 percent of their body weight
- After 10 to 14 years, between 50 and 60 percent of this weight loss is maintained
- Around 96 percent of health complications, including back pain and type 2 diabetes, are resolved
- People may suffer iron deficiency anemia due to insufficient nutrient absorption
- The procedure can lose effectiveness if the pouch is stretched
- ‘Dumping syndrome’ can occur due to the rapid emptying of stomach contents into the small intestine. This can cause weakness and abdominal discomfort
Source: University of California San Francisco, Bariatric Surgery Center