“I am obese and I need to do something about it”
Over the years Jenni has tried every diet going. She’s consumed cabbage soup in large quantities, cut out carbohydrates and a few years ago did actually lose 7 stone. The only problem was that she put it back on, which is why she is now planning to have a gastric bypass.
“This is not about vanity, it’s about my health. I’ve had cancer, I’ve had a hip replacement and I want to live for a while longer yet. Surgery is not a quick fix, for me, it’s the only fix.”
The 64 year old admits that her weight has always yo-yoed, but it was when she hit 50 that she began to resemble a “blow up balloon”.
It was then that she carried out extensive research into the causes of obesity and is now sufficiently convinced that if she doesn’t have surgery she will never be able to shift the extra weight.
“Initially I was thinking of having a gastric band, but the more research I did, the more I realised that I would be better having a bypass. A band basically creates a new mini stomach, which limits the amount of food you can eat because you become fuller quicker. A bypass, which diverts food from the upper stomach to the small intestine not only reduces the amount of food you eat but also the amount absorbed.”
When Murray first wrote about the possibility of surgery this summer she admitted she was worried about the response.
“It was a concern but there wasn’t a backlash. I was very careful how I wrote that piece. I wanted to be honest, but I also wanted to address some of the misconceptions surrounding the whole issue of weight loss surgery.”