When Barbara gets home from work, she says her first stop is the refrigerator, which she stocks with junk food like corn dogs, tacos and burritos. Then, she makes herself comfortable on her bed, where she's within arm's reach of her snack stash. Barbara keeps her nightstand drawer filled with chocolate cookies, nuts and other high-fat foods. "This is my happiness every night," she says.
Although Barbara, who recently turned 50, loves to laugh and make jokes, she says her smile hides her pain. "I think a lot of [the joking] is a way to hide the sadness I have inside of me," she says. "Do you really think I want to look like this? I don't."
Barbara says the extra 50 pounds she's carrying around makes it difficult to walk without breathing heavily. Her health problems can also be attributed to another bad habit: smoking. For the past 30 years, she's been smoking at least a pack a day.
Last year, after Barbara's husband left her, she says she made a decision to change her life. Now, with the right diet and exercise plan, Barbara is on the right track. "I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired of being fat," she says. "I deserve better for myself."