X Factor's Mary considering gastric band op to lose weightby Hannah McLaverty-Williamson
X Factor star Mary Byrne is so desperate to lose weight, she is considering gastric band surgery to help her slim down.
The Tesco worker is currently competing against stick thin acts like Cher Lloyd and has already spoken of her fight to lose three stone. But after failing to lose weight naturally, her daughter has revealed that surgery may be one of Mary's only options.
In an interview with New!, when asked if her mother would consider having a gastric band, 23 year old Deborah Byrne said: "If the offer was there she could but I think she wants to do it naturally. If it came down to the crunch and she had to, she probably would."
As reported by the Daily Mail, in the interview Miss Byrne also admitted that her mother often takes to the stage in pain because she is suffering from arthritis in her legs. However, the pressure of competing in the show is causing the star to comfort eat and binge on junk food and chocolate.
"She gets down about her weight. She does want to lose weight, obviously for health reasons. But she doesn't complain about it," she added.
Earlier in the competition the 50 year old revealed that when her partner left her alone to bring up their baby, she sank into a dark depression.
"I coped with it by comfort eating and it was a vicious circle. The weight went on dramatically and I ended up hating myself. I couldn't stand what I saw when I looked in the mirror. But I'm on a mission to get fitter and be in good shape by the end of the show," she said.
Rather than opt for surgery, Mary may want to consider weight loss hypnotherapy. It works by retraining the clients unconscious mind, helping them to change their relationship with food.
Some hypnotherapists offer a procedure in which the client is hypnotised into believing they have had a gastric band fitted, which provides the same results as the surgery but with the risks.