Obese mother who was caught PHOTOSHOPPING herself has lost 100lbs

Obese mother who was caught PHOTOSHOPPING pictures of herself no longer needs to edit out her double chin and slim down her waistline after losing 100lbs

  • Morgan Gossage, 30, from Houston, Texas, weighed nearly 255lb (17st 12lbs) 
  • She became addicted to junk food when she left home for college in her teens
  • She was so ashamed her size that she edited her pictures but a friend found out 

An obese mother who was caught Photoshopping pictures of herself to appear thinner has now deleted her photo editing app after losing nearly 100lbs (7st 5lbs) and five dress sizes. 

Morgan Gossage, 30, from Houston, Texas, tipped the scales at 255lb (17st 12lbs) in September last year – while her wardrobe overflowed with frumpy size 14 (UK size 18) clothes. 

The mother-of-one had always maintained a healthy weight and slender physique growing up, as her mother was a nutrition expert and her father owned a gym.

But after leaving home for college in her teens, Morgan’s weight spiralled out of control as she became addicted to junk food.

Morgan became so ashamed of her size that she took to editing pictures of herself in order to look thinner. 

Morgan Gossage, 30, from Houston, Texas, once tipped the scales at a whopping 255lb (17st 12lbs) – while her wardrobe was overflowing with frumpy size 14 (UK size 18) clothes

Posing for a selfie after she lost the weight. Morgan now doesn’t need to use Photoshop to look good 

Morgan was left mortified though when a close friend called her out on it after spotting some ‘weird photoshopping’ on her chin, arms, breasts and collarbone.

The stay-at-home mother doesn’t need to Photoshop her images now though after starting her weight loss journey just over a year ago 

Losing an incredible 95lbs (6st 13lbs) and five dress sizes – she is now more confident than ever flaunting her brand new 155lbs (11st 1lbs)  and size four (UK six eight) figure.

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She said: ‘I taught myself to Photoshop images when my weight reached its worst in an attempt to make myself look better, but I didn’t know what I was doing.

‘I wanted to share some photos my husband Matt took of me breastfeeding, but I looked terrible.

Morgan has lost an incredible 95lbs (6st 13lbs) and five dress sizes – she is now more confident than ever flaunting her brand new 155lbs (11st 1lbs) and size six (UK six eight) figure

Morgan’s wardrobe was overflowing with frumpy size 16 (UK size 18) clothes and she knew she had to lose weight 

‘After poorly editing one of the images, I sent it to my friend who asked me straight away if I’d edited it because I looked “weird”. I tried to lie my way out of it, I was so embarrassed.

Speaking about piling on the pounds she said: ‘I’d developed an addiction to food during college and it just continued. 

‘For the first time I had a job, and I had this freedom of being able to eat whatever I wanted to whenever I wanted to.

‘I grew up in such a healthy household, my parents were always focused on nutrition and exercise as they worked in that industry.

Morgan wanted to edit this snap of herself breastfeeding her daughter as she didn’t like how her double chin, arms or collarbone looked in the photo 

Red circles show how Morgan adjusted the photo to make her arm appear slimmer, smooth out her double chin and blur a bump of fat above her collar bone – but a friend told her the edit looked ‘ridiculous’  

‘Everyone comes back from college a little puffy, but people did not even recognize me. My parents were worried, as I’d gone from the shining athlete to having my health deteriorate quickly.’

After Morgan gave birth to her daughter Presley, now four, in February 2015, she said the stresses of being a new mother meant she neglected her own health, which saw her rapidly gain even more weight.

With the convenience of multiple food delivery apps at her fingertips, Morgan’s junk food addiction intensified – with the mother revealing she would often ‘sneakily’ order a large calorie-laden serving of buffalo wings twice a day.

Morgan took a picture with her daughter Presley, but hated how she looked so she used Photoshop  to make some changes 

The photo (above) shows how she changed her figure, nipping in her waist making herself look more defined 

The mother-of-one said she developed an addiction to food during college and it spiralled out of control. Pictured with daughter Presley (left) and her mother Carol (right)

She said: ‘It’s so common for new mothers to give everything to our babies. It’s easy to neglect ourselves.

‘I was always at home, and with all the food delivery apps it’s so easy to get anything you want.

‘It became a daily routine for me to put on Netflix and order buffalo wings. It was such a rush knowing they were coming, I’d get so excited.’

Before and after: Morgan has lost 95lbs (6st 13lbs) and five dress sizes (left before the weight loss). She is now more confident than ever flaunting her brand new 155lbs (11st 1lbs) and size 12 (UK eight) figure (right)

‘It was such a shameful thing. I’d even hide all the packaging from my husband, Matt, 33, and then suggest we have buffalo wings for dinner, so I’d get to have them again.’

Morgan said she never truly realised how ‘obese and unhealthy’ she had become until seeing an ‘unflattering’ photograph of herself and her daughter while at the zoo in September 2017.

Frightened for her health Morgan called her nutrition expert mother Carol for help, who selflessly jumped on the very next flight from Texas to Pennsylvania, where Morgan was living at the time.

Morgan (pictured at the zoo before losing weight) called her nutrition expert mother Carol (left) for help, who selflessly jumped on the very next flight from Texas to Pennsylvania, where Morgan was living at the time

Morgan with her daughter Presley, Husband Matt (middle) in a family photo taken before she lost the weight

A day out with Presley at the zoo. Morgan admits that this is one of the pictures which inspired her to lose weight

 The pair spent two weeks together preparing nutritious meals and working out at the gym everyday in order to kick-start Morgan’s weight loss.

Morgan hasn’t looked back since and now, just over a year later, has completely transformed herself after switching to a keto style low carb, high fat, high protein diet – which also working out five times a week, mainly focusing on weights with some light cardio.

She said: ‘A huge turning point for me was when I saw a picture of my daughter and myself at the zoo and I looked so uncomfortable holding her.’

‘It made me so sad. I knew she deserved better.

‘For the first time, I truly saw what I looked like. I thought it would be an Instagram-worthy picture, but I looked so old, tired and unhappy.

Morgan with husband Matt on a date night before losing weight. She managed to slim down in  just over a year 

Morgan now loves to be active with her daughter Presley and wants to teach her the importance of being healthy

Back in September 2017, mother-of-one Morgan tipped the scales at nearly 255lb (17st 12lbs)

Showing off her new figure! Now that she’s lost the weight Morgan likes to pose in her new wardrobe 

‘I realised at that point I needed to kick my health into gear for her sake. So that night I called my mother and said I needed help. She was on a plane the next day and stayed with me for two weeks.

‘We went to the gym every day and meal prepped every day. She taught me all the fundamentals of a balanced meal and how to count calories, while my dad helped me plan workouts over the phone.

‘That kick-started the weight loss, and I haven’t looked back. I owe them so much.

‘Now that I’m healthier, I’m so much happier, and I know I can be around for my daughter and teach her valuable health advice like my parents did for me.’   


Breakfast: Pancakes and bacon

Mid-morning Snack: Mac and cheese

Lunch: Large sandwich and chips

Afternoon snack: Buffalo wings

Dinner: Fried chicken or more buffalo wings

Dessert: Ice cream


Breakfast: Strawberry banana protein smoothie 

Snacks: Handful of almonds and two egg whites or hard-boiled eggs

Lunch: tuna salad with mustard, light mayo and cucumber 

Dinner: Chicken Breast /lean protein, with sweet potato and salad/ veggies  

Morgan wants to be able to teach her daughter valuable health advice like her parents did for her. Her mother helped her plan meals and her dad helped her plan workouts over the phone

Morgan loves to take selfie of her new figure and can’t believe that she’s slimmed down after dieting and exercising 

Morgan shows off her new figure in the mirror. She is more defined from going to the gym regularly


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