Woman who lost more than 160kg undergoes surgery to get rid of excess skin
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A woman has undergone surgery to remove 21kg (41 pounds) of excess skin.
Teresa Parent has been documenting her emotional weight loss journey, which has lasted more than five years.
A little over a month ago, the woman posted a viral TikTok video that received more than 30 million views.
After losing a staggering 370 (167kg), she was left with excess skin around her waist.
A visibly emotional Parent tells her viewers: “In four days, I am having abdominal plastic surgery to remove my hanging apron stomach. You can see it hangs down to my knees.
"This is what it looks like when I sit down, and it makes me look bigger than I actually am.”
She added: “It’s embarrassing, and it’s shameful, but I try to focus on the fact that I’m a weight loss warrior; I have worked really hard to save my own life.”
Parent adds: “I’m documenting this for myself and sharing with all of you because I hope it helps to normalise obesity.
Shortly after the procedure, Parent posted an update in which she looked unrecognisable.
Teresa said: “So a little over a month ago, I posted a video that went viral sitting in this exact position showing you my hanging stomach that I had from losing 370 pounds.
“Since then, I had my abdominal plastic surgery, and I had hanging skin removed - 47 pounds of skin removed, and this is my body now.”
While pointing to her knees, Parent gleefully says she has a ‘lap’ now.
As per the Daily Mail, Parent told SWNS, she used to weigh 570 pounds (258.5kg) after she turned to junk food to deal with the tragic loss of her brother.
She revealed she would consume around 10,000 calories a day.
Teresa says she would eat a large pizza nearly every day and would regularly stop at fast food restaurants and chow down on food in her car.
"Then I would go home and eat triple-decker peanut butter sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, and tons of chips, cookies, and junk food on a daily basis," she said.
But shortly after the teacher from Long Beach, California, suffered a heart attack, she knew she had to make a change.
She began exercising vigorously, altered her diet and even underwent successful gastric bypass surgery.
She told the outlet: "I have students and staff tell me 'you're so inspiring' and that's a really cool thing.
"I've spent most of my adult life trying to be invincible and now I want to inspire people."