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Gastric Bypass

Maybe Obesity Isn't the Problem

Kelly Coffey | Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Coffey

In my case, obesity was a symptom, and not the problem itself. I wish someone had told me before I had gastric bypass surgery that my real issues were shame and addiction. Getting thin wasn't my solution -- it was what made me miserable enough to finally get well.

My 'Secrets' of Weight Loss

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

August 2011 I was probably at my all-time high weight. I don't know exactly how much I weighed, since I stopped weighing when I reached 389 pounds. I am positive I weighed more than 400 pounds, but didn't want to know exactly how much over 400 pounds.

10 Years Later, 448 Pounds Lost, 1 Life-Changing Procedure

Woody Woodbeck | Posted 09.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Woody Woodbeck

How can we truly get a respectful acceptance from others when we internally are being unjust to those in our own community?

Obese But Starving 12-Year-Old Undergoes Potentially Life-Saving Surgery

Posted 03.21.2014 | Parents

Alexis Shapiro, a 12-year-old Texas girl who is starving despite being morbidly obese, has undergone the first of what will likely be several medical ...

WATCH: An 'Oprah Show' Guest's Devastating News After Gastric Bypass Surgery

OWN | Posted 01.28.2014 | OWN

In 2005, a young woman named Jill appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" with her brutally honest father, Kirk, to talk about what it was like being "th...

Strangers Aid Obese But Starving 12-Year-Old's Incredible Fight To Survive

Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of strangers, a Texas girl with a rare weight-gain disorder has raised enough to pay for lifesaving surgery. ...

Brian Lost More Than 300 Pounds: 'It's Up To Us To Decide How Great We Are Going To Be'

Posted 09.03.2013 | Healthy Living

Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at and you could be featured on the site! Name: Brian Beck Age: ...

Ron Dicker

556-Pound Man With 70-Pound Tumor Faces 2 Risky Surgeries | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.06.2013 | Healthy Living

Scot Jacobson, a 556-pound Oregon man, has a 70-pound tumor he calls "Wilson," after the volleyball featured in the movie "Cast Away." It's just somet...

Wisconsin Mom Loses 222 Pounds, Becomes Triathlete

Posted 01.18.2013 | Sports

From dangerously obese to fabulously fit, a Wisconsin mom-turned-triathlete is now talking openly about how she overhauled her life by losing more tha...

Al Roker's Embarrassing Story Not So Unusual

The Huffington Post | Sarah Klein | Posted 01.09.2013 | Healthy Living

By now, you've probably heard about Al Roker's unfortunate bathroom-related incident at -- of all places -- the White House. Perhaps almost as surpris...

Christina Wilkie

Too Fat To Work? Advocates Debate Whether Obesity Is Disability | Christina Wilkie | Posted 10.04.2012 | Business

"I've been a fat person all my life," said Peggy Howell, 65, of Las Vegas, Nevada. "I went from being a chubby kid to a fat teenager to a fat adult." ...

Plain English About Ounces, Pounds, Dollars and Sense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.19.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The way we respond to obesity and related chronic disease in the U.S. is like waiting to send every adult to night school to learn English -- painfully, poorly, expensively, and late -- rather than having them grow up speaking fluently all along.

Is Carnie Wilson the New Poster Child for Why Invasive Weight Loss Surgeries Might Not Be the Answer?

Gregg McBride | Posted 06.03.2012 | Healthy Living
Gregg McBride

I wish Ms. Wilson success and health on her journey toward permanent weight loss. But I also wish strong consideration of ways to lose weight other than gastric bypass or lap band surgeries (either separately or 12 years apart) to those facing the battle of the bulge.

Why the New Surgical Cure for Diabetes Will Fail!

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 05.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Recommending gastric bypass as a national solution for our diabetes epidemic is bad medicine and bad economics.

'My 600-lb Life: Where are They Now?'

Posted 03.27.2012 | TV

The morbidly obese people featured on "My 600-lb Life" were followed over a seven-year period as they dieted and worked so very hard to lose weight af...

Ann Brenoff

How My Life Changed After Losing 163 Pounds (PHOTOS) | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty

Steven Levy spent most of his first 44 years obese. As a young boy, he was embarrassed about the breasts he sprouted and would make up excuses to avoi...

Can Weight Loss Surgery Make Diabetes Disappear?

Posted 06.29.2011 | Home

(Reuters) - Weight loss surgery appears to change the body's metabolism in a way that dieting alone cannot, helping to explain why diabetes often ...

Man Packs On Pounds To Qualify For Weight-Loss Surgery

The Telegraph | Nick Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

A 20-stone man has pledged to keep eating with the aim of putting on more weight after the NHS informed him he was not fat enough to qualify for weigh...

Paul Wall Talks 100-Pound Weight Loss

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Houston-based rapper Paul Wall has lost a lot of weight since his 'Sittin' Sidways' days - and he reveals that earlier this year he had a Gastric Slee...

Teens' Gastric Bands Usage Raises Questions

CBS News | Font Size Print E | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Fielding surgically constricted a teen's stomach with a procedure called gastric banding. It's like a girdle for the stomach. Thorough a tiny incision...

Movement As Medicine: Spinning And The Self-Care Movement

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Agreed, as a nation we most certainly need intelligent HealthCare and Health Insurance reform, but what we are in just as much need of is SelfCare Reform.

What Does $22 Billion in Goldman Bonuses Buy?

Norb Vonnegut | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Norb Vonnegut

Iceland, at 1.32 times 2008 GDP, Avatar tickets for everyone living in China, the US, Indonesia, and Japan combined, one week at New York's Four Seasons Hotel for every homeless person in the US.

Shrinking Our Super-Sized Kids: Who's in Charge Here?

Ramon Resa, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Ramon Resa, MD

Instead of allowing our children to explore and sample life in the "outside world," we keep them inside, feed them junk food, and use TV as a babysitter.

The Impotance Of Addressing The Stigma That Surrounds The Overweight

The Atlantic Food Channel | Samuel T. Stanley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

It was around the time of my sister's college graduation when I realized that I could no longer hide the fact that I had lost a significant amount of ...

Star Jones Speaks For The First Time About Gastric Bypass, Envy From Friends, Getting Over "Haters"

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Star Jones has been notoriously silent about her gastric bypass surgery — for years she denied it, and she only recently admitted that she had t...