Mom who gorged herself on junk food reveals her amazing transformation

Mom who gorged herself on junk food reveals her amazing transformation

Postnatal depression is a subject that is still very much a taboo in our society, and there are plenty of new mothers out there who are suffering in silence as a result of the stigma around this mental illness. Not only that, but this malady often has a negative effect on physical health as well, which means that many women are gaining or losing weight, or adopting far less healthy lifestyles as a coping mechanism, as a direct result of their post-partum psychosis.

One woman who knows this all too well is Uber driver Kimberly Parker. Kimberly, who hails from Boise, Idaho, was driven to binge eating as a result of the postnatal depression she suffered from after the birth of her daughter Lily in 2007. Lily was a surprise to Kimberly, and as her body went through severe changes as a result of the pregnancy, Kimberly's mood dropped to a dismal low. While overeating, she felt lethargic and hopeless, and was even beset by strange hallucinations. She was diagnosed by doctors with postnatal psychosis in March 2007, and gained more and more weight until October 2016, when the sudden death of one of her in-laws finally gave her the wake-up call she needed.

A before/after image of Kimberly Parker. Credit: Press Association

Taking swift action, Kimberly decided to make sweeping lifestyle changes and get healthy. She began eating healthier, greener foods and began exercising regularly by taking hikes out in the woods. She even travelled to Mexico to undergo a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, and soon her unhealthy cravings for junk food had become a distant memory. When Kimberly next faced another giant upheaval, the dissolution of her marriage, she was able to avoid an over-eating and weight-gain spiral.

Commenting on her amazing weight loss in a recent interview, Kimberly stated: "The only word that best describes it is I’m finally free. I’m finally who I was supposed to be the entire time ... I overate to comfort my feelings of dread at the relationship ending. For breakfast, I would have four scrambled eggs with four slices of toast, smothered in cinnamon and sugar. Lunch was two or three burgers and dinner was whatever takeaway I could get. I knew the eating was coming from a destructive place."

She added: "I started to have terrible low moods as I slowly gained weight throughout the stages, from 10lbs one month to 20lbs another. I was sinking into depression and continued my terrible eating habits to comfort myself. Eventually, it spiralled out of control ... My kids’ presence inspired me to get into shape more, so I went for more walks, cut down on junk food and managed to lose 3st 5lb myself. I always loved the outdoors but, before I lost weight, I used to get winded just walking up the stairs to my house. Now I can hike five to ten miles a day.  I want to inspire other women and men who are struggling and show them that we can always find a solution."

A before/after image of Kimberly Parker. Credit: Press Association

Kimberly feels so positive about the results of her surgery, that she is now determined to retrain as a surgical technician in 2019. Well done Kimberly: you truly are an inspiration to us all, particularly at this time of year when we're all thinking about renewing that gym membership.