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Singer Jennifer Holliday turns to Fobi Pouch for weight loss

Singer Jennifer Holliday turns to Fobi Pouch for weight loss

Jennifer Holliday is a singer and actress best known for her Broadway performance as Effie Melody White in the musical Dreamgirls. Throughout the 1980s during her 20s, Jennifer steadily gained weight until she eventually topped out at 400 pounds.

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Pastor shares his weight-loss story to inspire others

Pastor shares his weight-loss story to inspire others

Hearing your physician suggest that you need bariatric surgery to become healthier can be difficult to cope with. After receiving this advice, Pastor Douglas Yancy left his doctor’s office and headed for his master’s program classes, pondering the advice he had just received. It wasn’t until he had spoken with one of his professors about gastric bypass surgery that Yancy decided to have the surgery.

Yancy underwent gastric bypass surgery in early 2011, and has since encouraged his wife, sister, and about 15 other congregation members to have the surgery as well. He looks at the benefits he has received from weight-loss surgery, and uses his experience as an opportunity to advise others who struggle with weight loss to also consider the procedure. One of the people who saw Yancy after his surgery was Andrea Jennings.

“I was watching him and how he reacted, how much energy he had” said Jennings. “It was me seeing it rather than him telling me.”

Jennings underwent her own operation and has since lost 80 pounds. She says she has more energy and has reached her goal weight after seeing the benefits of weight-loss surgery in Yancy.

Learn more about Yancy’s weight-loss journey and his work to help others get healthy at Philly.com.

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Stand-up comedian Ralphie May turns to gastric bypass surgery

Stand-up comedian Ralphie May turns to gastric bypass surgery

Stand-up comedian Ralphie May rose to national fame after participating in the first season of Last Comic Standing back in 2003. When he was 16 years old, Ralphie was involved in a major car accident that resulted in 42 broken bones, limiting his ability to stay active. In the years that followed the car accident, Ralphie's weight ballooned to a morbidly obese and dangerous weight of 800 pounds.

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The possibility of foot drop after bariatric surgery

The possibility of foot drop after bariatric surgery

Foot drop is a medical condition in which loss of muscle control causes your feet and toes to hang forward when you walk, increasing the risk for trips and falls. Many physicians refer to foot drop as a form of peripheral neuropathy, and this condition is common in people who suffer from multiple sclerosis, neurological disorders, and vitamin deficiencies. In many cases, those who experience rapid weight loss after bariatric surgery are also at risk for experiencing foot drop.

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Rosie O’Donnell opens up to Dr. Oz about weight-loss surgery

Rosie O’Donnell opens up to Dr. Oz about weight-loss surgery

When attempting to lose weight, you end up trying almost every diet imaginable. Rosie O’Donnell admits to even looking up former President Bill Clinton’s diet and trying it for a few months.

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Celebrity weight-loss surgery successes [Infographic]

Overhauling your diet, getting a gym membership, and making various other lifestyle changes for the sake of losing weight isn’t easy for everyone, including celebrities. Although celebrities have a knack for making beauty and weight loss look easy, even they turn to bariatric surgery when diet, exercise, and other weight-loss interventions fail to work. Are you searching for a new source of inspiration for your weight-loss journey? Check out these impressive and surprising success stories about celebrities who have had weight-loss surgery.

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Adjustable gastric banding provides cost-effective treatment for diabetes

A study published in the September issues of Diabetes Care indicates that both adjustable gastric banding and gastric bypass may be cost-effective methods of treating diabetes and reducing diabetes-related deaths in obese adults.

Researchers from RTI International and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention used the CDC's Cost-Effectiveness model to simulate the costs of bariatric surgery compared to continued diabetes treatment in adults with a BMI of 35 or higher. The research looked at two different groups of people: those who have had diabetes for more than 10 years and those who have been diagnosed with diabetes within the last five years.

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Probiotics Help Gastric-Bypass Patients Lose Weight More Quickly, Stanford Study Shows

Probiotics may assist with weight loss after Roux-en-Y surgery, according to research from Stanford University.

Found in yogurt and dietary supplements, probiotics are "good" bacteria that aid in digestion.

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