A woman revealed how she shed more than half her body weight after being told she was pre-diabetic as a teenager.
Tannen Ordunev, 23, who weighed 336lbs, dropped 14 dress sizes and 196lbs with the help of gastric bypass surgery.
The package handler, from California, said she has always been overweight but was shocked into taking action after discovering she had weight-related health issues as a teenager.
To mark the occasion, Tannen recreated a photo of her at her heaviest – but this time wearing a similar top in a size 6, instead of an 8XL.
She said: ‘I decided to recreate the photo as a reminder of how far I have come. I don’t ever want to get to that size again – I was so unhealthy and miserable.
‘But now I feel and look like a completely different person. When I look at old photos, I am in shock as I didn’t think I was that big at the time.’
Tannen began to pile on the pounds after leaving school as she was snacking and eating takeaways daily.
She decided ‘enough was enough’ when she was told she was pre-diabetic with high blood pressure.
She said: ‘I have been overweight since a kid and I yo-yo dieted my whole life. I didn’t have a lot of friends so that was what I would do for enjoyment so eating was my thing. I would eat McDonald’s for lunch and a Chinese for dinner daily.
‘But I knew I had to change my bad eating habits when the doctor gave me a health warning in January 2017.
‘It is quite scary being told you have caused yourself health complications at 19.
‘After a year of exercising and dieting, I still couldn’t get to where I wanted to be so I went ahead with the surgery.’
Tannen underwent gastric bypass surgery – a procedure which involves surgical staples are used to create a small pouch at the top of the stomach.
She said: ‘The surgery saved my life! I am now a sociable person who is completely healthy. I have completely changed my lifestyle and I have made a promise to myself to make sure I stick to it.
‘I hope I able to help someone get up and make a move by sharing my story! It is hard at the start but completely worth it.
‘My life seemed pointless before but now I feel like a new person who wants to help other people change their lives for the better.’