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From Valerie, Age 17

Ht. 5'4", Start: 320 lb, Today: 345 lb, Goal: 250 lb - I never used to consider myself to be unhealthy. Yes, I am morbidly obese. But I see myself as thin, and overall am healthy. My knees started to give out in the last year, and I started having back problems. I figured these were just natural things and refused to accept that they were being caused by my massive weight. So I continued to ignore it, and gain more weight. My family is all massively obese, so nobody cares that I keep gaining. A few days ago, I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. I only eat fast food and drink up to 6 cans of soda a day, and have for as long as I can remember. I am a huge emotional eater and will sometimes spend entire days sitting in front of the tv and eating thousands of calories worth of food, only stopping when I feel close to vomiting. My parents make fun of me sometimes because they always find me asleep with the food still in my hands, and because I am the fattest of all of them, but I can't help it. my doctors have said that I wont be able to walk in a few years if I keep gaining the way I have been, and I could die if I don't get control of my diabetes. I need help, so if you guys have any tips, I'd really appreciate it.