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LAP BAND SURGERY AT DOCTORS HOSPITAL: WEIGHT LOST, FAITH IN SELF GAINED
Dated of posted : 2011-02-28
Published On: Tuesday, March 08, 2011
By ALESHA CADET
Tribune Features Reporter
 
From diet plans to weight loss programs, women out there are going the extra mile to stay fit. Whether it is for health or personal issues, they are determined to take it off and keep it off.
 
Jennifer Hudson, the singer and actress who won an Academy Award for her performance in Dream Girls recently made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show and discussed how joing Weight Watchers helped her drop the pounds.
 
Bouncing in her seat and saying "I want to tell it!" - Jennifer revealed the magic number.
 
She said: "I've lost 80 pounds," and received a standing ovation."
 
"It's like a brand new me," she said. "Sometimes I don't even recognise myself."
 
She told Oprah, she made the decision to lose the weight while she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old son, and she eventually went from a size 16 to a size 6.
 
She also spoke tearfully a bit about the tragedy that occurred more than two years ago when her mother, brother and young nephew were murdered. She said she was able to survive that loss with the help of "my family, my baby and God."
 
"The only thing I can do to honour their memory is to make them proud," she said.
 
Like Jennifer , two years ago, a Bahamian resident, Samantha Evans walked around "wearing a smile, but carrying a heart full of pain," desperate to end the cycle of obesity that had controlled her life since her early teens.
 
That desperation led her to make medical history, becoming one of the first people in the Bahamas to have a lap-band surgery done locally by Doctor Charles Diggiss. (Pictured right)
 
"Being overweight caused me a lot of pain and rejection. I had a situation where I had applied for a job and I was actually told, 'We're sorry, you have a great attitude and excellent qualifications and a pretty face, but we cannot hire an overweight person as the first contact to our clients.' That crushed me."
 
"At my heaviest, I was well over 300 pounds," she said. " Fortunately, I didn't have any of the medical conditions associated with obesity like hypertension or diabetes, but I knew I had to do something to change my life. I have four children and I was not able to do things with them."
 
"I was familiar with the concept of weight loss surgery, I had even corresponded with a doctor in Mexico, but one day, I was at work ( in the surgical unit of Doctor's Hospital) and my coworker asked me if I knew that Dr Diggiss was looking for patients who wanted to have the surgery, but who were also willing to be a spokesperson for the procedure and tell their story.
 
"It was a just a dream come for me- because it meant that I didn't have to travel , but I would be able to have the surgery performed at home, in the facility where I worked by a fellow countryman and I jumped at the opportunity."
Samantha said she was never afraid of the medical risks associated with any elective surgical procedure.
 
"I just focused on the new me. I was ashamed of my body going into surgery, ( I was wearing a size 32) but Dr Diggiss assured me before we went in that what I was seeing then, I would never see again. Samantha describes the day of her surgery as " the day that Dr Diggiss rescued me."
 
TV personality, Kelly Osbourne graced the cover of Shape Magazine last year displaying her life changing weight loss. In an interview with Claire Conners of Shape Magazine, Kelly stated: "I was called fat and ugly in the press almost my entire life. I understand that being judged by others comes with the territory, but it broke my heart and ruined my self-esteem. It sets you up to hate yourself in a huge way. I was so angry about the things people said about me. I truly believe it's the main reason I turned to Vicodin and ended up in rehab three times. I just hated myself. I'm an emotional eater. When I get upset, my diet goes out the window."
 
It was not until she signed up for Dancing With the Stars six months later, she says, that she realised how bad her diet really was. "I'd fill up on French fries and pizza all day and wonder why I wasn't losing weight. In the very beginning, I kept getting sick during rehearsals because I was eating such terrible, fatty food and feeling so exhausted."
 
It was her dance partner, Louis van Amstel, who taught her about nutrition. "He made me eat turkey burgers and salads and explained to me that a high-protein, low-carb diet would keep me energised," she says. "Then I started losing weight and realised, 'Oh, it's true what they say: Diet and exercise really work!'
 
Over the last nine months, Kelly's dropped another 30 pounds, bringing her weight loss to a total of 50." She says: "Ultimately, I'm really glad I lost the weight the way I did," says Kelly. "I never thought in a million years I'd be that healthy girl who wakes up every morning to exercise. After being called 'cherubic and chubby,' I'm rocking a bikini! I feel silly, but I think I'm going to cry. Being on the cover of SHAPE is the biggest victory I could ever hope for."
 
Going further, in an exclusive first person story for Glamour Magazine, Star Jones also discussed her battle with weight, and her ultimate decision to have gastric bypass surgery.
 
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She openly told the magazine: "I could also start in the summer of 2000, when I was a co-host on "The View" and the first media stories about my weight started to surface, but that, too, would be too easy. So why don't I start on the day that changed how I would physically appear to the world and would force me to face the reasons such drastic steps needed to be taken, August 19, 2003."
 
"We African American women are taught to be proud of our curves, full breasts and shapely hips. I used to look in the mirror and take pride in my figure, but that was when I was legitimately a full-figured woman. I'd gradually gone from full-figured to morbidly obese. Finally, one of my dearest friends sat me down, looked me in the eye and said, "So, what are we going to do about your weight?" She knew my weight was a subject no one dared mention, but she didn't care -- she loved me too much, she said, to allow me to continue killing myself. While it was easy to deny the little voice inside my head, I found it impossible to deny my friend's. I knew in my heart that her love and respect for me were pure. I cried; I got angry -- but eventually I took the first step and walked into a doctor's office," she said.
 
"The night before the surgery, I convinced myself that afterward everything would be fine and I could get on with the rest of my life. I had no idea that before I could move on, I would have to face the present and the past as they were, not as I wished them to be."


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