My daughter and I are suffering various health problems due to our weight. My daughter, who is 5'3 and 244 pounds, has just been diagnosed as morbidly obese by her doctor. She ran a bunch of tests on her, and it turns out she is insulin resistant, which is pre-diabetes. Her doctor is putting her on Metmorfin, which will help, but she says that's not good enough. My daughter needs to get on a serious diet and exercise program. She also has a very abnormally high heart rate, so she is being sent to a cardiologist to run tests on her heart, which scares me. I am also obese, and have been struggling with losing these 70 pounds for the last four years. I have no idea what hit me when I turned 40, but I suddenly started binge eating and went from 120 pounds to 194. Maybe it was the increased anxiety. I don't know. But right now it's a real struggle to lose this weight. I lose ten pounds or so, go off the wagon, then gain in all back then some. I don't know why I can't get it together and lose this weight. I am getting very short of breath lately even just walking from one room to another in our little apartment. I am also getting heart palpitations with the slightest movement. If I hadn't already had all these tests run on my heart, I would think it was congestive heart failure or coronary artery disease or something like that. It must be all this darned weight I've put on. I went to see my gastroenterologist about a month ago due to my worsening GERD, and constantly vomiting up stomach acid. I thought he was going to say perhaps I had stomach cancer or something. He didn't. He didn't even mention cancer. He told me all my problems are weight related. He looked up on his computer to find out what my weight should be for my height. I should be at 119. I am at 185. I told him that I was on a new diet and lost 9 pounds in four and a half weeks. He was not impressed. Instead he said, "Wow, you still have a bunch of weight to lose. A TON." It made me feel bad. I feel so overwhelmed by having almost 100 pounds to lose. I must do this, and get my family healthy. My daughter also gets very short of breath just walking short distances. Forget about wanting to look good again. We need to do this to save our lives. A few days ago I started cheating on my diet. I ate really bad for three days. I'm sure I gained several pounds. I could kick myself. I don't know my exact weight right now because our bathroom scale broke. I cannot afford to get another one till I get my taxes back in February. Today I am back on track. I hope I can stick with it. I hope my daughter will jump on board. She says she couldn't care less if she dies early. She actually prefers it. She would like to go to heaven and avoid this "terrible world." I am scared for her. I am scared for myself. Wish us luck on this journey.