“I was fed up of my weight but to hear my son, who loves me, make fun of me that way, I’d had enough. That was my rock bottom,” she said to The Sun.
“I was angry and emotional. Of course, he had no idea the impact it had on me as he was only 3,” she continued. “I remember locking myself in the bathroom and crying. Asking myself how I was going to fix the problem.”
Harshman, who said she was always heavy in school, gained most of her weight during her three pregnancies.
Harshman said she was always big in school, but it wasn’t until she had her three children that her weight got out of control. (MDW Features)
“I got pregnant at 18 and used that as an excuse to eat and drink whatever I wanted,” she said, noting she gained over 56 pounds with her first pregnancy, adding to her already 217-pound frame. By the time her third child was born, Harshman had gone up to nearly 300 pounds.
“I was making quick and easy processed meals,” she said. “I was very uneducated about nutrition as I’d grown up eating meat and potatoes, with a lot of canned foods. I never ate anything fresh or homemade, so I carried that on as a mother.”
The mother of three began researching weight-loss surgeries and chose the gastric band.
The mother of three has her son to thank after his fat-shaming comment forced her to turn her life around. (MDW Features)
“Having the lap band makes you eat slower, take smaller bites, and you pause in between to make sure your bites pass through the band, so ultimately you end up eating less,” she said to The Sun.