A MORBIDLY obese woman has described how she relies on her children to wake up before sunrise to bathe and feed her BEFORE they go to school, according to The Sun. Milla Clark, from Fayetteville, Tennessee, appeared on Wednesday’s episode of TLC reality series My 600lb Life to document her struggle to lose weight.
Before beginning her weight loss journey, she said: “Every single day of my life is miserable. I have been trapped in these four walls for more than two years. “During that time, I have not stood one time. All I can do is eat and sleep.” Bedridden Milla, who lost 50lbs (3.5 stone) after being admitted to hospital, has battled her weight her entire life – and remembers being called fat when she was just three years old.
In a preview clip for the episode, she explains that she overate as a child to avoid upsetting her mum, Mary – who only showed her love by feeding her. She said: “My father was never around when I was young, so I only had my mother and my sisters, and my mom never really knew how to tell us she loves us.
“She never said it. She never hugged me or kissed me, but what she would do is feed us.” Over the years, she continued to gain weight, and by the time left school she was almost 350lbs (25 stone). Soon after, she met her husband Elroy – who says they hit it off immediately, despite her weight – and it wasn’t long before they welcomed their first child.
However, with Milla’s weight nearing 500lbs (35 stone), it was too dangerous for the couple to add to their brood naturally – so they decided to adopt four more children. Milla said: “I was just too heavy to have another child, so we had to adopt. There were children from homes of drug-addicted parents and my heart broke for them.”
Now, Milla’s children have to wake up before sunrise to ensure their mum is cleaned and fed before they go to school. She explained: “‘Every morning the kids get up before sunrise to come in here and bathe me because I can’t do it myself. It is such a humiliating thing. “My three middle children, Hannah and Caleb who are 15, and Jacob who is 16, have to clean me everywhere so I don’t develop any infections.
“Children their age should not have to take care of their parents. I should be taking care of them.” Her daughter, Hannah, added: “Sometimes I feel like it is too much. But I love my mum to the tip of the world and back.” In another preview clip from the show, Milla and her kids can be seen meeting with dietician Kinsey Davidson, who stresses that her children must not feed their mum fizzy drinks, potatoes and other starches – or bring their own junk food into the house.
In the video, Kinsey tells the children: “You guys are going to be her support system behind all of this, right?’ she asks. “Because the more support that she’s got, the better off she is going to be.” In the emotional clip, Milla added: ‘I need my family to help me fight for this if I am going to have a chance.
“This is a matter of life and death for me right now.”