Daily Mail story
The mum at war with daughter Emily over her refusal to have a gastric weightloss op…
Two years ago I interviewed Anna Furniss over her amazing weightloss. Once she had weighed 39 stones but after having two weightloss operations and a tummy tuck had lost 19 stones.
Then daughter Emily was just 16 and weighed 16 stones and Anna, who felt her daughter was unfortunately following in her footsteps, told me that as all diets had failed, she’d begun saving for a similar weightloss operation for her daughter’s 18th birthday.
Emily is now 19 and since then has put on another two stones. But she has decided that right now she is not going to have the operation. A trainee midwife, she has plenty of friends and is in a relationship with a guy who likes her as she is. She realises she would be healthier if she lost the weight but is happy and concerned about the risks surgery would entail.
Her refusal to have this operation is something that has frustrated Anna who believes it would be safer if Emily underwent surgery now (she believes Emily will only get larger as she gets older as she herself did.)
And in the Daily Mail – over three pages – both mum and daughter bravely go head to head with their differing views. I say ‘bravely’ because many parents might find it hard to discuss such an issue with their child anyway let alone in an article – and yet I believe doing so will have helped hundreds of other families who are in a similar situation.
Certainly Anna and Emily are not alone and in fact their story, which you can read here, gained massive interest on MailOnline where it held the top read spot and gained over 1000 comments.
What was the general consensus? Interestingly people’s views were mixed with some people believing Emily should go ahead with the surgery now and others agreeing with her that it is not necessarily the answer.
After the story appeared in Femail Anna said: “It’s a good article, thank you. It’s balanced well.”
I am delighted to say I am now in the process of placing a further update on their story with a leading women’s magazine. Will Emily have the operation in the end? Will she manage to lose the weight herself? Watch this space!
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