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127kg woman loses third of body weight after being told 'diet or die'

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A woman who had ­ballooned to 127kg (20 stone) lost more than a third of her body weight in 10 months after ­a ­doctor gave her the wake-up call: “Diet or die.”

Kelly McCracken, 42, was a size 28 and so big that boyfriend Steven Hall had to help her wash and dress.

Kelly McCracken weighed 127kg (Image: Triangle News)

She would guzzle five litres of cola a day and gorge on pizza, chips, cakes and family-sized boxes of mini Daim bars – even eating leftover pizza for breakfast.

Her weight had spiralled out of control after she had her sixth child – son Curtis, seven.

And she was forced to change her ways after being rushed to hospital with diabetes and high blood ­pressure in March last year.

Kelly McCracken with boyfriend Steven Hill (Image: Triangle News)

Kelly said: “The doctor told me I would die and not make it to Christmas if I didn’t do something about my weight. I was in the hospital bed and made Steven sign me up to Weight Watchers online. That was the day my life changed.”

Kelly changed her diet and got into exercise – and now weighs 82kg (13 stone) and is a size 14. She said: “My boy used to tell his teacher he was scared Mummy might not pick him up because she might die.

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“He knew his mummy was bigger than other mummies.”

Kelly before she lost weight (Image: Triangle News)

And things were a strain for accountant Steven, 51.

Kelly said: “He would have to help me dress because I was so fat I couldn’t put on socks and he would need to help with my trousers.

“But the biggest humiliation was him washing me because I couldn’t get in and out of the shower.”

Kelly after weight loss (Image: Triangle News)

Now, Kelly is determined to maintain her new trim figure.

She said: “I can wear clothes that would never have fitted before and I have become a gym-bunny.

“But the magical thing is my son now puts his arms around me for a hug and says, ‘Look how thin you are, Mummy’. I was too big for him to fit his arms around me before.”

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