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Her grieving husband Gareth said the mother-of-one, from Chesterton, Staffs, had battled with her weight since she was a youngster. 

He said she had “suffered most of her life” and struggled with depression. 

Mr Burndred, who has set up a support group in his late wife’s name to raise awareness of mental health and suicide, said she became plagued by even darker thoughts. 

After two suicide attempts, Kelly took her own life in April.

Mr Burndred, 37, said: “Kelly had suffered most of her life. On the outside, she was very bubbly and confident and had loads of friends. But inside, she was struggling. After our daughter was born she had crippling postnatal depression but she overcame it, or so we thought. 

“We hoped, after the gastric bypass, that Kelly would find the happiness she craved. But her depression got much worse. She had blamed all her problems, all her life, on her weight.” 

He added: “So when she became thin, and she wasn’t happy, she felt like there was nowhere else to turn.” 

The couple met on New Year’s Eve 2001 and two years on, they had a daughter Jess, now aged 14.

Mr Burndred found his wife’s body at their home but despite the efforts of paramedics they were unable to revive her. 

He added: “It’s something I wake up in the night with. Telling Jess was the hardest thing I have had to do. I drove to her grandparents and broke the news.” 

He and his family have now set up Kelly’s Legacy, a group dedicated to raising awareness of mental health issues while raising cash for Staffordshire-based mental health charity Younger Mind. 

An inquest is due to be held later this year.

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