35-stone mum who eats 4,000 calories a day has already planned her own funeral
A mum-of-two weighing 35 stone is so dangerously obese she has planned her own funeral, but now hopes to live longer after ditching crisps and chocolate.
Alice Young consumes 4,000 calories a day and struggles with walking and standing for long periods of time due to her weight.
The 34-year-old regularly scoffs cheese and Snickers milkshakes once her twin sons Dylan and Grace, six, go to sleep.
Alice's weight has spiralled out of control so much she has made her own funeral arrangements, and admits she may not live past 40.
Speaking ahead of 5Star documentary Eating Ourselves To Death, which airs tonight, Alice said: "I've planned my own funeral because of my health issues – I’ve written my will and my mum knows exactly what funeral songs I’d like.
"I’m hopeful I’ll see 40 but it all depends on what changes I make to my life.
“I don’t want to be this size. I constantly have to prepare myself mentally for what’s going to happen when I’m not here. Part of me feels upset doing this, but I’m thinking practically. I’m scared about the future."
Alice, who is a size 32, estimates she consumes around 2,000 calories a night, once her sons go to sleep.
The mum, who lives with partner Mark Frankish, 42, and their twin kids in Newark-upon-Trent, told The Sun she does so for "comfort".
Alice still eats a balanced meal with her children in the evenings, mostly chicken and veg, but will often eat leftovers or another dinner once the twins are asleep.
She also regularly binges on snacks, such as a big bag of crisps, a whole packet of biscuits or a big bar of chocolate.
Alice's life is drastically effected by her weight, and she knows without major change she will die without seeing her kids grow up.
The mum, who at her heaviest was 38 stone, admits obesity has also been a problem in her life – by 15 she weighed 18 stone and was a size 22, which led to her being bullied at school.
She would often spend her pocket money on sweet treats, while other children would flick matches at her and spit on her.
Alice now knows she must change her lifestyle, and her family have agreed to help her.
Speaking on tonight's show, her partner Mark says: “I don’t want to see her go. It’s heartbreaking really. She’s got to the point where she’s given up.”
In the show, Alice's mum Jane pleads with her daughter to cut back on binge-eating.
She asks: “Do you want to see your children go to secondary school? Or Grace wear a white wedding dress? It’s not going to happen if you carry on how you are.”
Alice goes to see a doctor during the show, and he advises her to make small changes, such as giving up late-night snacking.
“It’s difficult for me to weigh myself as a lot of the scales don’t go up to my weight, but I've given up the crisps and chocolate and I’m feeling better," she says.
"Now, I can sort of see a light at the end of the tunnel.
"I've realised that not only am I putting my life in danger- it's never crossed my mind that by doing that ultimately it's going to put the kids in danger."
Also featuring on the show is Darren 'Dibsy' McMclintock, who consumed 11,000 calories a day and at his heaviest weighed 40 stone 3lb.
The 27-year-old, from Middlesbrough, was banned from every takeaway in his hometown because doctors warned he was eating himself to death.
As well as eating a dinner, Darren would also go out and get a takeaway, causing a strain on his heart.
"My normal daily food intake was ridiculous," he said.
"I'd get up and eat two sausage sandwiches, tea and biscuits, a sandwich or a pasty or a packet of crisps and a chocolate bar, a bottle of pop. I'd just eat every couple of hours."
Darren has since lost 14 stone and had a lifesaving heart operation. He also has a personal trainer who helps him lead a healthier lifestyle.
Alex, from Falkirk, also speaks about his story on the show, and explains how his weight ballooned after being sexually abused when he was eight.
At his heaviest, he weighed 35 stone.
He says: "After the abuse I started eating a lot. I felt it was the only thing to do – to make myself look ugly.
"Mobility wise I can't walk that far. I get really out of breath. I have a lot of back ache and a lot of joint problems as well and that is down to too much weight. I live on the second floor. It really takes it out of me going up the stairs to come up here."
Alex now takes 11 types of medication daily for a range of health problems, including diabetes.
But he addresses his obesity in the show, and is encouraged by his ex-boyfriend Ben.
Watch Eating Ourselves To Death Monday, June 24 at 9pm on 5STAR.
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