191,5 kg Leanne trapped by fat


Leanne du Preez of Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape says she’s tired of being treated badly because of her weight.

“There are days when it feels like life isn’t worth living, as if everything in the whole world is going against me,” she says. “I keep asking myself why am I on Earth? Is there any way out of this body? I don’t want to be like this.”

YOU’s Sulaiman Philip travelled to Uitenhage to meet Leanne after her mom, Lorraine, made an emotional phone call to YOU, asking us to help her daughter who feels trapped inside her own body.

“She doesn’t go out. She can’t get a job and she’s depressed,” said Lorraine. “She’s tried everything to lose weight but nothing works and people treat her so badly.”

Together with a team of experts YOU is drawing up a plan to help Leanne lose weight.

And if, like her, you’re on the large side you can diet with her. We’re calling it Project Beat the Bulge and it could represent the chance of a new life for Leanne and you. If you weigh more than 140 kg we’d like to hear from you.

Send an e-mail including a full-length photograph of yourself to if you’d like to take part.

Read more in YOU 4 August 2011.

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