Fat, but not fat enough: The overweight women GAINING pounds so they can qualify for weight-loss surgery

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Gaining to lose: Steffany Sears gorged on food when her insurance company refused her lap band weight-loss surgery, because she was not overweight enough. Post-surgery, four years on, she weighs just 143lb (right)

Steffany Sears

No regrets: Despite the risks of gaining weight, Mrs Sears says the lap band procedure has changed her life