Obese 25st woman who weighs more than DOUBLE her 11st boyfriend is told 'lose weight – or you'll be dead by 40'Vicki Bone, 20, says she is happy the way she isAdmits she'd lose weight to help her fulfil dream of being a motherBoyfriend Jamie Beckwith accused of watching idly as Vicki eats herself to death – but says he's 'happy if she's happy'
19:21 GMT, 25 July 2012
They say that opposites attract – and rarely has that that truism been better illustrated than by the relationship of Vicki Bone and her partner Jamie Beckwith.
When it comes to appearances, the two couldn't be more different.
Vicki, 20, weighs 25st, while her childhood sweetheart Jamie weighs less than half that – weighing in at just 11st.
Now, the two, who have been together for five years, are keen to start a family.
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Little and Large: Vicki Bone, who weighs twice as much as her boyfriend Jamie Beckwith, says she's happy the way she is – but will lose weight if it will help her to conceive
But not only could Vicki's weight be affecting her fertility – but she has been told by a doctor that if she doesn't lose weight, she will be dead by the time she is 40.
Now Vicki, who says she has tried unsuccessfully in the past to lose weight using various methods, says this could be the incentive she needs to slim down.
'It was a shock to be told I might only have 20 years to live, said Vicki.
'I've tried Slimming World, WeightWatchers, and more drastically, diet pills.
'It's difficult with day-to-day
life to keep going. When you get put down so much, you just think, why do I
'I know I can lose the weight,' she goes on. 'A couple of years ago I did the Race For Life and lost some weight then.
'I want to lose weight if it will help me conceive. But I'm happy the way I am.'
Teased: Vicki was bullied for her weight until she met Jamie, and his acceptance helped her learn to love her curves
Speaking to Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford on This Morning today, Vicki said she has struggled with her weight since she was a teenager.
When born I was really small. From secondary school onwards the weight crept on – no rhyme or reason. It's a difficult time, I probably ate for comfort.
As Vicki's weight grew, she began to attract unwelcome attention when she left her home.
'Before I was with Jamie, walking down the street was difficult. You'd hear things. Everybody was doing it. I didn't want to go out any more. I just wanted to stay at home,' she says.
But since meeting Jame, Vicki says she has managed to accept herself – and now she is happy with her 25st frame.
Jamie, who was introduced to Vicki by a mutual friend, says his girlfriend's size has never bothered him. 'I was attracted to her personality,' he says.
For Vicki, accepting her 'skinny' boyfriend was more of a challenge.
Warning: Dr Ellie Cannon, left, told Vicki during her appearance on This Morning that she runs the risk of suffering from diabetes and heart disease at an early age unless she loses weight
'Did Jamie's size matter Yes, it did,' she said. 'He was really skinny when I met him I thought, “I need to bulk him up”'.
But despite Vicki accepting her weight, health professionals had other ideas.
At the age of 18, Vicki was told by a doctor that she would be dead by the age of 40 if she did not lose weight.
'Hearing the news was scary,' she said. 'It hit home that maybe I should diet. But because I feel well in myself, I have no illnesses at moment, I don't see why I need to.
'I feel happy and healthy, and the plan is to get married and have children.'
'We know that people who are very overweight live shorter lives. 'It's a stark warning you have to take'
As a couple in their early 20s, Vicki and Jamie should, more complicated fertility issues notwithstanding, have no problem conceiving.
But they have been trying for two years with no success.
And according to health professionals, Vicki's weight could be the obstacle preventing her from falling pregnant.
This Morning's doctor Dr Ellie Cannon told Vicki that her weight could very well be the reason she cannot have a baby.
'Being overweight does affect fertility,' she said. 'And even if you do get pregnant, being overweight can
make pregnancy high risk. It increases the chance of having a
premature baby and other health complications.'
'It is important to separate the way you look versus your health,' she told Vicki.
'Although you look gorgeous and healthy now, we know that obesity has a huge number of health issues that go with it.
'We know that people who are very overweight do live shorter lives. 'It's a stark warning you have to take.
'There are so many health problems that go with being overweight that you won't feel now because you are young. But there are conditions like diabetes and heart problems that you might suffer far earlier than you otherwise would.'
Vicki's boyfriend Jamie, who came under fire from This Morning viewers for 'standing by idly watching his girlfriend eat herself to death' said he wants to help – indeed, he has planned a summer of walking and cycling for the two – but that he loves her the way she is.
'I do worry about her health, but if she's happy, I'm happy,' he says. 'I don't want to change her dramatically if she is happy.'
VIDEO: Diet or die by 40. Vicki Bone has been warned by the doctors to lose weight