These Photos Show The Problem With Excess Skin After Extreme Weight Loss

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By the time Tatiana Bobbitt lost 190 pounds, she knew she had a problem. It had been 21 months since her successful bariatric surgery, and while she had shed nearly 200 pounds from her 5’11”, 450-pound frame, her body was covered with loose, stretched-out skin.

Bobbitt put on the weight in adolescence and now credits her gain to the fallout from her sexual assault — the stress of keeping a painful secret, as well as the side effects from different depression medications and mood stabilizers. These caused her to balloon to 275 pounds by the time she was 16 years old. At 19, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which made it even more difficult for Bobbitt to work out. By 24, she was over 425 pounds. She decided to get the surgery, she wrote in a Reddit post, because “I’d lost all hope of ever getting myself back.”

But Bobbitt’s self-image took a dive because of the way her post-weight loss body looked; While she said she should have been enjoying her newfound mobility and health, Bobbitt found herself agonizing over the appearance of her extra skin.

“I was seeing my body morph into a blob of extra skin,” Bobbitt told The Huffington Post. “I finally had a shape, my joint pain was more bearable [and] I wasn’t squeezing into booths anymore or turning sideways to fit through spaces I previously couldn’t. [But] I traded one insecurity (being morbidly obese and fat) for another (having pounds of loose skin).”

“I couldn’t see the weight loss anymore — just skin.”

For almost anyone, achieving necessary weight loss would be unequivocally celebrated and cheered. But for people like Bobbitt, who lose an extreme amount of weight, the achievement can bring with it a new set of physical and psychological —> Read More