Renee, a mother of two, struggled with food all her life. By the time she was 24, she weighed 500 pounds. Despite her weight, Renee could still care for her two daughters—until a 2003 car crash left her badly injured.
For the next four years, Renee was bedbound—and her weight peaked at a dangerous 900 pounds. "I have to be helped with everything," she said. "I can brush my own teeth. Comb my hair. I have to have everything brought to me, though."