This Victorian woman has paid an unimaginable price for her size
Mary Reid has never been able to have children due to her weight. She and her husband of 19 years, Anthony, have now missed out on the chance to have children because she believes that at 48 years of age, she is too old.
“Being overweight isn’t just stopping me from partying,” Mary told The Biggest Loser trainer Shannon during her emotional audition, “It’s actually changed my whole life.”
What makes Mary’s story even sadder is that she is the heaviest female contestant to ever compete on the show. She weighs in at 181.5 kilos.
It was during a trip to Fiji that Mary realised just how much her weight was affecting her. She struggled to walk around in the heat and staff had to order hear a golf cart. "I even couldn't walk to lunch which was about 300 metres from our room," she told The Australian. "The hotel staff thought the cart was a very nice offer but for me it was a light-bulb moment."
"When I got home I immediately applied to be on The Biggest Loser. It was getting ridiculous."
She and husband Anthony were planning to install ramps and rails into their home to cater for her large size. There wasn't one aspect of her life that her weight didn't negatively affect. "You have to work so much harder at everything when you're a big person," Reid says. "I would go to a restaurant to make sure they had a seat I could sit in because I can't sit in a chair that is normal size. If the seats weren't big enough I'd make an excuse and not go to the restaurant. Going to the movies was out of the question too."
Mary has battled with a sugar addiction, polycystic ovarian syndrome and high insulin levels.
The reason obese women find it difficult to conceive is because: