A woman in Ireland who has been spending a fourth of her monthly benefits on Red Bull energy drinks is now asking for more government assistance to help her lose the weight she gained from drinking 28 of them per day.
Lena Lupari, a 26-year-old and 364-pound unemployed woman, has gained so much weight from the energy drinks that her brain is swelling, according to an article in the Daily Mail.
“I’d been suffering from migraines and headaches for about five years but I just ignored them and took painkillers,” Lupari told the Daily Mail. “Then my vision went and I couldn’t even lift my head off the bed and I ended up in hospital for six days.”
The Daily Mail reports that Lupari had been spending £450 ($702.64) of her £1,800 ($2,810.16) in monthly benefits on the drink.
“I don’t want a gastric band or surgery but I think they should offer help for someone with this and to motivate them — something like a boot camp,” she told the Daily Mail.
Twenty-eight cans of Red Bull a day amounts to a whopping 3,080 calories, which is where Lupari claims she got most of her daily intake from — other than the “something fast-food like a takeaway or packet of pasta” that she usually had for dinner.
Each of these 8.4 ounce cans also contains 80 mg of caffeine and 27 g of sugar. The energy drink’s website recommends having no more than four of these cans per day to avoid caffeine-related health problems.