- A woman weighing 272kg is determined to shed more weight after losing 53kg on her own following her mother's passing due to obesity
- The woman says she was abused as a child and turned to food for solace
- She enrolled for weight loss programs but quit twice after she gained weight instead of losing it
A 32-year-old woman in Texas, US is determined to shed more weight after losing 53kg on her own following her mother's passing due to extreme obesity.
Tanisha Cleveland weighed 272kg about two years ago. Speaking in a TV show covering her weight loss efforts, she said she enrolled for weight loss programs but quit twice after gaining weight instead of losing it.
The mother of two daughters has now shed 53kg on he own after undergoing weight loss surgery. She achieved this despite separating from her husband.
Tanisha said her weight problems began when she started suffering abuse at the hand of her mother's violent boyfriend and her grandfather, and added that her mother was an alcoholic who also abused substances.
As a result of her abuse, she said she turned to food: "And that's when I started to run to food to find peace — because when I ate, no one was hurting me."
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Tanisha is thankful to her daughters for their support and understanding, especially after she separated from her husband. She adds that she wants to be there for them after her own mother lost her battle with obesity.
Tanisha also credits her therapists for helping her to open up about her childhood abuse and thereby enabling her to achieve weight loss. She vows to lose even more weight.
See Tanisha sharing her experience in the video below.