Obese nurse who had £30,000 of NHS weight-loss surgery after ballooning to 32-stone is so addicted to junk food he LIQUIDISES kebabs and deep-fried Mars bars to cheat his gastric band
- Chris McDonnell even blends deep-fried Mars bars to avoid being sick
- Put on seven stone in a year and had his band adjusted for eighth time
- Nurse, 31, says addictions of obese patients are often not addressed
- He reached 32 stone aged 24, before falling to 15 stone after surgery
- But he has since gone back up to 22 stone because of food addiction
An obese hospice nurse who has had £30,000 of weight-loss operations funded by taxpayers is so addicted to junk food that he liquidises kebabs and burgers to cheat his gastric band.
Chris McDonnell, of North London, who even blends deep-fried Mars bars to avoid them making him sick, has put on seven stone in a year – and had his band adjusted last month for the eighth time.
The 31-year-old – who has been addicted to eating since he was 12 – revealed his concerns that the addictions of obese patients are often not being addressed, despite them receiving surgery.
Obesity problem: Chris McDonnell – who has had £30,000 of weight-loss operations funded by the taxpayer – is so addicted to junk food that he liquidises kebabs and burgers to cheat his gastric band
He told the Sunday Mirror’s Gemma Aldridge: ‘The problem isn’t in your stomach, it’s in your brain.’
Mr McDonnell said of his food addiction since childhood: ‘I did it without thinking. Huge portions four, five times a day, with several courses. Kebabs, pizzas and burgers were my favourites.
‘Kids would point at me in the street and comment to their parents about how big I was. People told me to diet and I tried – but I just loved food too much. It was the most important thing in my life.’
He weighed a whopping 32 stone at the age of 24 – eating 15,000 calories each day, which is six times the recommended amount for an adult male.
But it was after struggling to fit into an aeroplane seat on the way home from a family holiday in the Dominican Republic that Mr McDonnell realised he had to do something about his weight.
In the past: Mr McDonnell weighed a whopping 32 stone at the age of 24 (left), before dropping to 15 stone following surgery (right). Now, he has gone back up to 22 stone
He had been reading on holiday about former X Factor judge Sharon Osborne’s gastric band – and went to his GP to find out more about having an operation, reported the Mirror.
Inspiration: Mr McDonnell had been reading about Sharon Osborne’s gastric band while on holiday
Mr McDonnell received NHS funding within two weeks for it – which would have cost £9,000 privately – and lost more than half his body weight in the two years following the operation.
After making it down to 15 stone, he was given further operations on the NHS to remove his folds of loose skin – which saw the total cost of his surgery hit £30,000.
But Mr McDonnell was still addicted to fast food, and found himself vomiting small amounts of kebabs he tried to eat. During a four-year period he gained and lost six stone on two occasions.
Doctors have been loosening his gastric band but warning him to stick within a strict diet.
However, he has been unable to do this – and after eating a large amount of blended fast food over the past year in a desperate attempt to digest it, his weight has now soared to 22 stone.
He told the Mirror: ‘You can take the bottle away from an alcoholic but that doesn’t stop him craving booze. I’m always fearing for my future.’
His comments come after the Mail On Sunday reported that post-obesity surgery – which rids weight-loss patients of excess skin – can lead to poor wound-healing and infections.
Researchers from Texas University examined the risks of procedures including tummy tucks (abdominoplasty) and the full ‘body-lift’ in those who have lost vast amounts of weight.
‘I’m always fearing for my future’
Thousands of Britons have ‘body-contouring’ procedures each year. The operations involve cutting away excess skin and fat, and removing and stitching the underlying muscles into a new position.
An overall complication rate of almost 20 per cent was found in a review of 450 individual cases.
Goner kebab: Mr McDonnell blends kebabs otherwise his gastric band would make him vomit after eating