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Star Jones Says Her Gastric-Bypass Surgery Was Not an "Easy Way Out"

Is Gastric-Bypass Surgery an "Easy Way Out"?

Star Jones Reynolds was an emotional eater. She said, "Whenever I felt lonely, a Double Whopper with cheese became my friend. If I felt sad, six strips of bacon made me feel better." She battled with her weight and in 2003 reached over 300 pounds. Her doctor said she'd die if she didn't make changes, so she felt gastric-bypass surgery was her only option.

After undergoing the surgery, she didn't expect to get so much public scrutiny. Even though she lost over 160 pounds in three years, she sidestepped reports that she had the surgery. Star didn't want to admit she had no self-control and needed help. She was worried about disappointing people, and ashamed she couldn't stick to a diet or exercise program. Then in 2007, she finally came forward and admitted to having the surgery. She said, "When you hear people say, 'Oh, you took the easy way out,' I would have longed for an easy way. It was not an easy way." To her, gastric-bypass surgery was "the hardest struggle of my whole entire life, and I still struggle."

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