Although she lives in Baytown, Texas, we met Margaret Johnson for the first time at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston after she had a fall while walking. After all, her 752-pound body weight, even though she was only 5’5″, made her vulnerable to dangerous outcomes even in seemingly ordinary situations.
The fact that she had been practically immobile for about six months – which affected her hygiene and gave him a foot infection – also played a part. According to the 35-year-old’s story, it simply hurt him to exist and she knew she would die if she didn’t change her behaviour soon.
Unfortunately, Margaret Johnson’s unhealthy relationship with food started as a little girl, a result of her violent environment, which means she has never known anything else. She said her father weighed 1,000 pounds and was extremely controlling, so she and her two older sisters often went hungry for both food and affection.
So Margaret Johnson behaved by sneaking into the kitchen most nights and eating his meals in order to exceed the 120-pound weight limit at age 6. From then on, Margaret was diagnosed with early signs of diabetes and an eating disorder, but her father still made sure that she was the centre of attention.
Everything drove Margaret Johnson to find solace in eating – from losing an aunt she was very close to, to being bullied and losing friends at school, or not being able to get a job. It eventually led to addiction. At one point, she even believed her father’s hurtful words and thought her mother had abandoned her (not him). This played a further part in why she turned to such unhealthy means as a coping mechanism and now she seems to have developed a co-dependency. This is part of what Margaret worked through at the behest of Dr Matthew Paradise’s therapist, Dr Now. The idea was to help her control her weight and get well for good.
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Margaret Johnson had a lot of trouble adjusting to Dr. Now at first, but despite wanting to quit several times a month, she never did. The overall changes in her eating habits didn’t seem to take long, thanks to her mother’s support. However, she resisted physiotherapy and psychotherapy until she realised she had no other option.
In the end, Margaret Johnson lost about 160 pounds to get consent for weight-loss surgery, and on the day it was due to take place, her final weight was 516 pounds. In other words, despite the leg infection, pain and gallstones, she showed her willpower by losing an astonishing 236 pounds before her successful gastric bypass surgery.