A WOMAN branded morbidly obese by her GP has lost 21 stone in weight after an embarrassing trip to the dentists forced her to act.
Denise Petty went from a size 34 to a size 14 dress after four years of shedding the pounds.
She has lost so much weight, doctors told her last year a gastric band she had fitted was no longer working and she had been keeping the weight off by herself.
It took a trip to the dentist to spark the mother of one from Walsall, West Midlands, into action.
Ms Petty said: “It was just so embarrassing. I went to the dentists and they could not get the chair to lift me up.
“I knew then that if I didn’t do something about my weight I would be lucky to survive to the end of the year.”
At the time, in 2009, she weighed 36 stone and could not get up the stairs in her house or walk more than 20 yards without struggling for breath.