Commentary: 'Why I Had Gastric Bypass Surgery'

When her mother died of complications related to obesity, Darlene K. Drummond remembers having to reconsider her weight issues. At 5"3" she weighed 245 pounds with a body mass index of 45. But she still put off seriously tackling her weight until a doctor diagnosed her as morbidly obese, with diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea. Like Star Jones, Drummond says she kept her gastric bypass surgery a secret because she didn't want the negative comments... Read More: Celebrity Weight Loss: How They Did ItRachel Dodard's Weight Loss StoryPam El's Weight Loss Story


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