“I was homebound for two years because of depression. People with the condition are often stigmatised. For me, depression and obesity went hand in hand. I was eating because I was fat’ I was eating because I was depressed,” said Sunaina.
Recalling the time she weighed 130-135 kilos, she said, “There was no other means to lose weight apart from bariatric surgery, and I did this for health reasons. People who lose 30-40 kilos suddenly can do so only through bariatric surgery. Anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”
When asked about her weight loss journey, Sunaina said that she was in denial initially, and it was only after she had diabetes did she take matters in her own hands.
“I knew I had diabetes four months before the surgery. At that point, I knew I had to do something about it. I had to convince my mother before I had the surgery. I’ve known Muffi (Dr Muffazal Lakdawala, founder of Digestive Health Institute and bariatric surgeon at Saifee Hospital) for 15-20 years and I got in touch with him via Facebook. I trust him completely and I knew I was in the right hands,” she said.
Dr Lakdawala, who was in awe of Sunaina’s grit, said, “Sunaina has had cervical cancer. She fought it. She had obesity, she fought it too. For me, Sunaina’s the one who fights it all. And the best part is she doesn’t mind openly admitting to having bariatric surgery.”
Having walked Sunaina through her tryst with obesity, Dr Lakdawala said her biggest strength is her self-confidence. “Two years ago, Sunaina was a different person. She was withdrawn and quiet and wouldn’t want to have her photograph clicked. Today, she goes out and faces the world in her own terms,” he added.
Sunaina, who now weighs 65 kgs, swears by the importance of staying fit. “I walk for one hour. I eat everything but in small portions because my stomach has shrunk. I can’t eat beyond a certain point. And this makes me feel lighter and confident,” she said.