February 6, 2006
More than 600 pounds. That’s how much a Martinez woman weighed when she put her personal story on national television. News 12 sits down with a thinner Amy Williams and finds out she’s become an inspiration to many who don’t even know her.
“I’ve been overweight all my life,” Amy Williams said.
These images still air on an episode of MTV’s True Life.
“When you’re this size, it’s like being a prisoner of your own home,” Williams said,
Amy Williams was barely able to walk at 615 pounds, getting picked on the rare time she goes out to eat in Augusta.
“My wheelchair wouldn’t even fir through there door there, so wide,” Williams said.
Almost 2 years after the taping, Amy is 264 pounds and different all around.
“I mean, I feel like I just actually fit in,” Williams said.
MTV found Amy online at a support group. Their cameras followed her through gastric bypass surgery at MCG.
“Surgery is my last hope, my last resort,” Williams said.
An experience that’s renewed Amy’s hope and desire to live, and is inspiring others.
“I’ve probably over the course of two years, almost two years since the show aired, I’ve had at least I’d say thousands of emails,” Williams said.
“She’s bombarded constantly with them. She answers every single one of them,” said Kenneth Williams, Amy’s husband.
“I had made a promise to God, if I woke up from the surgery you know, cause it’s a dangerous surgery, and if I woke up I would continue to educate people about obesity,” Williams said.
These days, many pant sizes smaller than this pair that she once wore on the show.
“And you could even stand in here probably,” Kenneth said.
Amy’s the Members Service Manager for Obesityhelp.com. She’s helping others get their lives back like she did.
“The teary moments I have now are tears of joy that I can do something, just to cross my legs or to vacuum, just go wash my clothes when I want to,” Williams said.
A year after Amy’s surgery, her husband Kenneth got gastric bypass surgery, too. He’s lost almost 200 pounds. Click here to find out more about Amy.