For Kathleen Golding, her weight-loss journey began when she was very young.
“I remember being in the fourth grade and having to get a note from my pediatrician granting me permission to start Weight Watchers,” the 26-year-old shares with PEOPLE.
By the age of 21, she was struggling with anxiety and depression, which led her to turn to food to cope. This stress eating resulted in her gaining a hundred pounds by her 22nd birthday.
“I was stuck in a constant cycle of daily binging,” she admitted. “I was eating fast food for every meal and enormous quantities each time.”
At her highest weight she was 331 pounds on her 5″6″ figure.
By August to 2015, she had enough of the constant struggle and started the process of getting gastric bypass surgery.
“The morning [I decided to do it] I turned down an offer from friends to go to an amusement park because I knew couldn’t fit in the ride seats, and the following Monday I had a doctor’s appointment scheduled to discuss diabetes medications,” she recalls.