Like many who are overweight, Julee thought she would never be able to lose weight. "I started to gain weight right after high school and going into college. It really is a sense of loneliness, like you're the only one that's going through this," she says.
Julee says her feelings of isolation fueled her out-of-control eating habits, and her weight hit an all-time high at 270 pounds. "I would avoid looking in the mirror. I found that if I ignored it, it wasn't there," Julee says.
Her weight also made her feel "unlovable," she says. "Who would accept a 270-pound woman in his life?" she says. "I just couldn't imagine there was someone who could take me as I was."
Still, she wasn't sure she could confront the issues behind her weight problem. "It's so hard to change, and I just didn't think I could do it because I knew I was going to have to answer some questions and I didn't think I was ready for that."