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Posted on: 22.02.2012

Julie is half the woman she used to be

A Huddersfield woman has room for two, in one of her old pairs of trousers.

Mother-of-three Julie Alexander, from Clayton West, has lost more than 9 stones, thanks to gastric bypass surgery.

Julie weighed 22 stones before having the operation in March 2011. Since then, her weight has dropped to 13 stones, and she is still losing weight.

The surgery was performed by upper GI consultant, Mr Brian Dobbins, at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
Julie, a doctor’s receptionist, started to put on weight after the birth of her son in 1991. She said: “I tried a number of diets over many years, but they all failed.

“I never went shopping for clothes, and always avoided being on photographs.
“I already had high blood pressure, and I was frightened of developing other conditions associated with obesity, such as diabetes and painful joints.

“I knew that surgery was the only option for me.”
Julie was referred to the bariatric service at the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

But before surgery was offered, Julie had to prove that she would change her lifestyle to take more exercise and a healthier diet.

Since the operation, she has gone down from a size 30 to size 16. Her target is a svelte size 14.

Julie has praised consultant Mr Brian Dobbins and his team at the Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, and her family, friends and work colleagues for their support and encouragement.
“She said: “I have had fantastic support and encouragement from everyone. I cannot thank them enough. I couldn’t have done this without them.

 “The surgery has given me a new lease of life. It is wonderful to do simple things that people take for granted, such as fasten a car seat belt, go shopping for clothes, and enjoy a zumba workout.”





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