Debbie says at 450 lbs. “People made fun of me because I couldn’t get through doors. I took up a lot of room; they would back up against walls.”

She says she began missing out on family events, birthday parties, and even her own child’s high school graduation.

“I drove myself to the event, but I just couldn’t get myself to get out of the car. I was afraid that the people that knew me, parents that grew up with my son, would recognize me and put me down, talk about me. I was so embarrassed by the way I looked - I just stopped leaving the house.” Debbie says she became agoraphobic. “Being overweight stopped me from living.”

Then, in 2015, Debbie says she underwent gastric sleeve surgery and lost more than 300 pounds. “Before people would look at me because I was disgusting, hideous. And now they look at me because they like the way I look.”

Why does Debbie say she still has a hard time accepting herself? Tune in to Friday’s Dr. Phil.

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