Hi there! My name is Natalie, and I’ve dealt with my weight my entire life. From the moment I was born, I was overweight. A doctor told my mom I didn’t have the chemical in my brain to tell me I was full. As I got older I was always the bigger girl, the kid who was always hungry. By the time I was 12 I was in Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, and even tried Atkins. At age 15 I was 325 pounds, and miserable. My doctor, mother and I decided to try the LapBand. It worked well for a year, then my band slipped. Instead of doing something about it, I allowed myself to develop eating disorders, as I wasn’t even able to eat solid foods. I was so thin, only 130 pounds and I’m 5’7″!! I didn’t care that I was malnourished, as long as I was thin! In december of 2010 I had my LapBand removed in emergency. Almost a year later, I decided to get plication surgery to help maintain my weight loss from the band. The worst thing imaginable happened, and I never felt any restriction. I felt like I could eat anything I wanted. I was 18 years old and I’ve had two failed weight loss surgeries… I gave up, and I felt defeated.