Mum who weighed 626lbs starts journey to lose weight for sake of her daughter
A mother who has weighed more than 600lbs for two years has decided to lose weight as she doesn’t want to die before watching her baby daughter grow up.
Leneathra Reed, 39, has become a global phenomenon after sharing her weightloss journey and gruelling workout videos with the world on social media.
At her heaviest two months ago, Leneathra weighed 626lbs – more than 44st – and she decided to get a personal trainer.
She said her weight was putting her at risk of serious health conditions and she wanted to lose it for her 23-month-old daughter Kenlyn.
The mum, from Mississippi, US, started training consistently with trainer Frank Harbin, who would film as she completed star jumps, sit-ups and workouts with huge car tyres.
She has already lost 30lbs – more than 2st – and is looking forward to losing more in the months to come.
‘I can’t see anyone else raising her, so I have to do this for my daughter,’ she told WCVB.
‘Just her smile and watching her light up looking at me, it’s enough to keep me going.’
She said before she started working out she struggled to breathe normally and would have to take breaks while walking.
‘I would stop in the hallway and pretend like I was talking to other co-workers, just embarrassed that I couldn’t breathe,’ she said.
Frank and Leneathra’s workouts quickly proved popular, with one video gaining 52 million views and more than 100,000 comments of support on Facebook.
It has done so well that Leneathra was inundated with requests from people wanting to donate money to her cause.
Her relatives set up a GoFundMe page for people who wanted to put money towards her personal training and plastic surgery she has planned after she loses the weight.
So far she has raised more than $260 and comments have come flooding in in support of the mum – hailed as an inspiration.
Ann Ryan wrote: ‘Mrs. Reed is an inspiration that it is never to late to do what we can to get healthy, and that what we can do is very individual.
‘She is wonderful and I contribute because I want her to achieve her weight loss and overall good health goals.’
Tina Gough said: ‘Watching from Australia you are a huge motivation for me and our inspiration to other big people to succeed and lose weight. Keep pushing on You can do this.’
Leneathra said she wants to show people that ‘just because you’re big, that does not mean that you have to sit there and just take it’.
She added: ‘When you admit that you have a problem, and you admit that it’s something that you need to get up and do something about it, you can do it.’