About the Episode
Get ready for an incredible weight loss story. Weighing 525 lbs at her heaviest, @ColeenSykesRay, a mother of 2 had to take at least 10 different medications for obesity related diseases just to get through the day. She’s had congestive heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, kidney issues, bladder problems, asthma and joint pain. She recalls her daily dietary intake and how her habits as a child influenced her relationship with food.
“We eat when we’re happy, we eat when we’re sad, we eat when we’re angry. Food is our comfort.”
She also tells us her story of sadness, guilt and falling into a deep depression after losing a loved one. For anyone who has struggled with their weight, there’s a moment, a breaking point where you decide that enough is enough. “I remember looking in the mirror one day, and I didn’t recognize myself”, Coleen recalls.
She gives us her insight on the lack of conversation within the African-American community about mental health issues such as depression and the problems that arise from this.
After a year of hiding and blaming herself, Coleen found strength by praying and reconnecting with her faith. She shares how in moments of need, it is meaningful for many to confide in a higher power as this can change one’s mindset and one’s life.
In her story, she shows us that small steps lead to a large victory. Now, 289lbs lighter, Coleen is a “walking miracle” she now owns a bakery and she has started a non-profit organisation called “Bags of Hope – Stockton Foundation” which distributes feminine hygiene products to homeless women and girls. Coleen is a woman with a big heart, we hope that her story inspires you.
Obesity is one of the biggest health issues of the 21st century. With numbers growing rapidly by the minute, affecting both developed and developing nations around the world, one needs to ask “what must be done to stop this?” According to WHO, in 2016, more than 1.9 billion adults, 18 years and older, were overweight. Of these over 650 MILLION were obese. 41 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2016. We have yet to see what these statistics will be in the future. With the current trend of sedentary lifestyles together with an increased intake of energy and fat dense foods, as well as emotional and mental health issues that encourage negative coping behaviour such as binge eating, it is estimated that 9 out of 10 adults will be overweight or obese by 2050.
In our documentary “Solution to Obesity in the World of the 21st Century” we feature real stories from real people who have gradually won their battle against obesity. We look forward to sharing with you what these brave people have gone through physically, emotionally and mentally in order to achieve their weight management goals. The truth is, there is more to the story than the number on the weighing scale. There’s a great amount of lessons to be learned and an even greater amount of inspiration to be gained from these amazing people. We hope that this document series will help you in your journey to fitness, health and happiness.