How best friends' matching gastric band operations turned them into 'Little and Large'

Best pals Lisa and Claire did everything together, especially eating their favourite fatty foods.

Over nearly two decades of friendship they slowly ballooned in size until 5ft 4ins Lisa became a 16-stone size 20 and 5ft 9in Claire was a 20-stone size 24.

They both kept trying diets without success and with her 40th birthday close Lisa decided on drastic action. When the day dawned she was sitting in a consultant’s room planning gastric band surgery. By her side, as always, was Claire.

Inspired by her pal’s example, she also booked in to have surgery and a month later they were lying in side-by-side hospital beds in Belgium.
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