Q&A with “My Bariatric Life” – Health Activist against Obesity

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  • Q&A with “My Bariatric Life” – Health Activist against Obesity

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    Q: Were you always obese prior to your gastric bypass?

    A: I’ve battled with my weight since early childhood. I was obese throughout elementary school and junior high. In high school I joined a gym, became an avid swimmer, took diet pills and crash dieted. I got down to a weight of 120-lbs. That wasn’t long-lived, but for years I did maintain my weight at 140-lbs.


    Q: What was it that led you to have weight-loss surgery?

    A: My weight began to balloon up again in my early twenties. I was a processed food junkie and by the time I reached my thirties, I had developed diabetes, celiac disease, depression, acid reflux, asthma, and hypertension. I ended up hospitalized for diabetes. I was morbidly obese and on ~10 prescription medications. Clearly my life was in jeopardy. At the time, Al Roker was in the news for having had gastric bypass surgery. I saw him on the cover of a magazine while shopping with some very beautiful co-workers. I grabbed it off the shelf and told one of the girls that I had thought about getting this surgery. She said, “You should do it.” And in that moment of truth, I decided to have weight-loss surgery. In July of 2003, I had gastric bypass surgery.

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    Q: What inspires you to help others who struggle with obesity?


    A: It is important to recognize that obesity is the most pressing public health issue facing America today. It has reached epidemic proportions and is even harder to treat than the diseases/health conditions it causes. People need tools that can assist them in making permanent lifestyle changes and patient education is critical. Nowadays I am committed to supporting the online patient community with outstanding resources and by sharing my decade-long success in defeating obesity and obesity-related illnesses. Today, I'm a size medium and living life larger than ever! My hope is that others will heal themselves and live a life they love.


    Q: What do you think is the primary cause or causes of America’s obesity epidemic?


    A: The low treatment success rate associated with obesity is likely because people need to commit to changing patterns deeply woven into social fabric, food and beverage commerce patterns, personal eating habits, and sedentary lifestyle. For real change, individuals need to get past the crash-diet mentality to a lifestyle plan of healthy eating and increased physical activity for the whole family.



    Q: What changes need to take place for that to happen?


    A: We need to develop people’s skills to make better choices to achieve and maintain permanent weight loss. Our collective efforts will be a catalyst to reverse the obesity epidemic and cure diabetes, celiac disease, and lifestyle-related illnesses. The problem underlying these health conditions is the modern American diet heavily-laden with grains, refined sugars, unhealthy fats, and toxic food additives. Our food is killing us. Today's families are fat and diseased from a diet of processed foods, and our children will be the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. Time is of the essence: We must change course right now. 


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Published On: June 07, 2013