The fattest woman in Britain, who weighs nearly 40-stone, has revealed how she has not been out for four years because of her weight.
Brenda Flanagan-Davies, who eats 6,000 calories a day - three times what an average woman needs, spends all day in a reinforced bed listening to the radio and buying groceries online. Her only exercise is to walk 20 feet to the wet-room style shower in the bathroom, a feat that leaves her exhausted. Doctors have given the 43-year-old a stark choice -- diet or die.
"It terrifies me, but I just can't stop. Doctors warned my weight will kill me because I'm putting so much stress on my organs," the Sun quoted her as saying. "But food is an addiction that I can't fight. "I hate this life. I feel ashamed of myself that I'm even in this position. I want to help myself but don't know where to start," she said. She has been told her body is not strong enough to cope with surgery, such as fitting a stomach-shrinking gastric band.
She has already tried weight-loss drugs and spells at slimming clubs but admitted that she "can never stick to a strict diet." Brenda, who five years ago weighed 48st and gets about 300 pounds a week in benefits, shares a bungalow with husband Ronnie Davies in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear. A care team devotes 25-and-a-half hours a week to her, costing Gateshead Council around 400 pounds. Carers help her shower, give her a "deep crease clean" to tackle the sores which develop from being in bed so much and cook and shop for her.
She spends around 250 pounds a week on food, while about 100 pounds a month goes on takeaways. In between sensible meals prepared by her carers, she has chocolate bars and fizzy drinks from a fridge in her bedroom. She met her 65-year-old husband six years ago at a community centre day out. But she was effectively bed-bound when he proposed in 2010, so a registrar had to marry them in a special ceremony at her home.
Her last trip out was to see her GP four years ago. "I struggled to get in and out of the car," she said. On one outing in Ronnie's Ford Mondeo, her weight broke the front suspension. "Eventually he wasn't able to turn the steering wheel or change gear because my flab was in the way," she said. Brenda piled on weight after being sent to a children's home when her mum had depression. It got worse when she was bullied at school and began comfort eating. At 18 she was 20st and a size 18. She inherited the uneviable title of Britain's fattest woman in 2010 when 45st Sharon Mevsimler died aged 41.