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  • James Dials

    Man Loses 200 Pounds With Surgery and Lifestyle Changes

    Unless you weigh more than 400 pounds, it’s difficult to imagine walking a mile in James Dials’ shoes. In fact, for most of his life, he couldn’t do that either. The gregarious 62-year-old limousine driver made friends easily, escorting musicians and athletes all over town. Sometimes they would shower him with choice tickets to concerts and sporting events. But Dials always had to turn them down. Not because of a company policy or because he didn’t enjoy public events. Not too long ago, Dials weighed 434 pounds, and he couldn’t walk 10 feet without having to stop and catch his breath.[...]
    Story Tags: Laparoscopic Gastric BypassObesity
  • Sandy Raffi-Rashed

    Surgery Ends Decades of Obesity, New Life Begins

    Sandy Raffi-Rashed after losing 185 pounds
    Sandy Raffi-Rashed after losing 185 poundsWhen Sandy Raffi-Rashed, a 60-year-old mother of two, went to the airport to pick up her youngest son visiting from Manhatten, he didn't recognize her. "I was waving to him from the car and he thought, 'Who is that strange woman waving at me?" says Raffi-Rashed, of Novato, Calif. "Then, when he saw me, he said, 'Oh my God!'" His mother had undergone a transformation after weight-loss surgery. In July of 2011, Raffi-Rashed had gastric bypass surgery at the Bariatric Surgery Center at UCSF Medical[...]
    Story Tags: Laparoscopic Gastric BypassObesityPost-Bariatric Body Contouring
  • Lindsey Friedberg

    Young Woman Reinvents Herself After Weight-loss Surgery

    "My personality was being swallowed by the fat just like the rest of me," says Lindsey Friedberg, a 23-year-old graduate student at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Friedberg, who grew up in Ocean City, N.J., surrounded by "slender and tan" girls, has battled her weight all of her life. Her high school years were spent counting calories, eating raw food, drinking 12 bottles of water a day and writing down everything she ate, including the gum she chewed and number of mints. But nothing worked. When Friedberg's mother, who[...]
    Story Tags: Obesity
  • Jeff Grubbs

    "Ticking Time Bomb" Regains Health After Bariatric Surgery

    Jeff Grubbs, of Galt, Calif., describes his old self as a "ticking time bomb." At his heaviest, the 48-year-old — who is 5 feet, 7.5 inches tall — weighed 311 pounds. He had a body mass index (BMI) of 47, qualifying him as morbidly obese. The extra weight took a dramatic toll on his health. Grubbs suffered from type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems and back pain, requiring him to take up to 15 pills a day. In December of 2010, Grubbs made the decision to have gastric bypass surgery at UCSF's Bariatric Surgery Center,[...]
    Story Tags: Laparoscopic Gastric BypassObesityType 2 Diabetes
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