An obese English woman who lost 63kg after having a gastric band fitted has had the band removed because she prefers being overweight.
Diane Wiggett, 48, weighed almost 150kg in 2009 when she decided to undergo weight-loss surgery, the Mirror reports.
After she was fitted with a gastric band in 2010 the Newcastle woman lost 63kg and went from a size 28 to a size 14.
But Ms Wiggett said her new lifestyle was too restrictive and the band – which limits the quantity and types of food a person can eat – caused her several health complications.
"Before the surgery I was battling food addiction, and I’m still addicted to food today. With the band, I couldn’t get used to the small portions and hated not being able to eat what I liked," she told the Mirror.
"A sip of water could make me rush to the loo. Sure, I was getting compliments and people told me I looked amazing. But inside I was feeling terrible. I expected to feel healthier and happier, but I didn’t."
After she began vomiting blood and having increasing difficulty holding down food, doctors removed the band in October 2012.
Ms Wiggett's surgery was covered by Britain's National Health Service, but would have cost more than $20,000 to have done privately.
The mother-of-one, who has since gained most of the weight back, said she did not feel the money was wasted.
"I’m meant to be this size," she said.
Author: Sylvia Varnham O'Regan, Approving editor: Mark Worley