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Ohio woman Michelle Farraj halves body weight with gastric sleeve

A teenager who was addicted to junk food has dropped 140 lbs (10 stone) in 12 months after undergoing drastic weight loss surgery.

Michelle Farraj, 19, from Ohio weighed 280 lbs (20 stone) when doctors suggested she underwent a gastric sleeve – a surgical procedure to reduce the stomach – in a bid to help her change her life.

After undergoing bariatric surgery in December 2017, covered by her health insurance plan, Michelle quickly dropped 140 lbs (10 stone) – half her body weight – thanks to a new diet plan.

She now looks unrecognizable with her new size 4 (UK size 8) body and has showcased the amazing results in pictures shared online.

She has since halved her body weight

Transformation: Michelle Farraj, 19, from Ohio weighed 280 lbs (20 stone) when doctors suggested she underwent a gastric sleeve (left) – but has since halved her body weight (right)

Michelle is unrecognizable after undergoing a surgical procedure to reduce the stomach in a bid to help her change her life. It was paid for by her medical insurance

Michelle is unrecognizable after undergoing a surgical procedure to reduce the stomach in a bid to help her change her life. It was paid for by her medical insurance

Michelle has now returned to studying after failing her exams due to feeling too self-conscious to attend classes when she was morbidly obese.

The college student said: ‘I rarely showed up during secondary school because I was too ashamed and fed up of all the nasty comments and stares.

‘I would stay at home and eat anything in sight, if I wasn’t eating takeaways, it would be an overload of carbs like pasta and rice dishes, followed by chocolate and sweets.

‘And anything with peanut butter, sometimes I would just scoop it out of the tub. One day I woke up and realised I have to change, I was tired of being overweight, my mood was always down, I was angry or upset all the time.

‘I hated looking in the mirror and I was failing all my exams because I didn’t attend class.

Michelle at her heaviest. She recalls: 'I would stay at home and eat anything in sight, if I wasn't eating takeaways, it would be an overload of carbs like pasta and rice dishes, followed by chocolate and sweets'

Michelle at her heaviest. She recalls: ‘I would stay at home and eat anything in sight, if I wasn’t eating takeaways, it would be an overload of carbs like pasta and rice dishes, followed by chocolate and sweets’

Michelle before she lost weight

She recalls: 'I was so unfit before and couldn't even fit on to a chair, so I can't risk being overweight again because I finally feel normal'

Michelle before she lost weight. She recalls: ‘I was so unfit before and couldn’t even fit on to a chair, so I can’t risk being overweight again because I finally feel normal’

‘I went to the doctors for a nutritional appointment and I put my name down for a gastric sleeve.’

Guidelines suggest a healthy BMI for a 5ft female is 126 lbs (9 stone), and Michelle has now hit this goal by exercising six days a week and eating healthy smaller portions.

She added: ‘I have had my gastric sleeve since September 2018 and it is the best thing I have ever done, it reduced my hunger massively.

‘Post-operation, I may have been thinner on the outside, but I still had the mind of a 20 stone girl, but thankfully the sleeve made me fill up faster.

‘Rather than eating sugary cereal, breakfast and granola bars in the morning, I can now only manage one or two eggs.

Michelle today. Guidelines suggest a healthy BMI for a 5ft female is 126 lbs (9 stone), and Michelle has now hit this goal by exercising six days a week and eating healthy smaller portions

Michelle today. Guidelines suggest a healthy BMI for a 5ft female is 126 lbs (9 stone), and Michelle has now hit this goal by exercising six days a week and eating healthy smaller portions

Michelle shows off her dramatic transformation. She explains: Post-operation, I may have been thinner on the outside, but I still had the mind of a 20 stone girl, but thankfully the sleeve made me fill up faster'

Michelle shows off her dramatic transformation. She explains: Post-operation, I may have been thinner on the outside, but I still had the mind of a 20 stone girl, but thankfully the sleeve made me fill up faster’

College student Michelle looks stunning now but is still self-conscious about her appearance. She says: 'The loose skin is still a massive insecurity - I am as transparent as I can be on social media because I don't want others to feel ashamed'

College student Michelle looks stunning now but is still self-conscious about her appearance. She says: ‘The loose skin is still a massive insecurity – I am as transparent as I can be on social media because I don’t want others to feel ashamed’

Fresh start: Michelle has now returned to studying after failing her exams due to feeling too self-conscious to attend classes when she was morbidly obese

Fresh start: Michelle has now returned to studying after failing her exams due to feeling too self-conscious to attend classes when she was morbidly obese

Michelle shows off her post-surgery body. She says: 'My next mission is to save for skin removal, even though I feel really confident with my new weight and healthier than ever'

Michelle shows off her post-surgery body. She says: ‘My next mission is to save for skin removal, even though I feel really confident with my new weight and healthier than ever’

Michelle in the gym. She says: 'I am now super mindful when I eat and don't even allow myself to have cheat days but one thing, I haven't given up is peanut butter, but I now have the organic version, in moderation'

Michelle in the gym. She says: ‘I am now super mindful when I eat and don’t even allow myself to have cheat days but one thing, I haven’t given up is peanut butter, but I now have the organic version, in moderation’

Diet before surgery 

Breakfast: Cereal (eg. Lucky Charms), breakfast bars and granola bars

Lunch: Subway, McDonalds or pizza

Dinner: Pasta or Rice followed by sweets

Snacks: Reeses Peanut Butter Cups or chocolate bars, sweets, crisps

Diet after surgery 

Smaller portions of everything

Breakfast: 1-2 Eggs

Lunch: 1 Serving of Protein (chicken) and 1 serving of vegetables

Dinner: 1 Serving of Protien, 1 Serving of vegetables

Snacks: Fruit or nuts 

‘I am now super mindful when I eat and don’t even allow myself to have cheat days but one thing, I haven’t given up is peanut butter, but I now have the organic version, in moderation.

‘I was so unfit before and couldn’t even fit on to a chair, so I can’t risk being overweight again because I finally feel normal.

‘My next mission is to save for skin removal, even though I feel really confident with my new weight and healthier than ever.

‘The loose skin is still a massive insecurity – I am as transparent as I can be on social media because I don’t want others to feel ashamed.’

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