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Gabourey Sidibe Had Weight Loss Surgery Last Year

Gabourey Sidibe Had Weight Loss Surgery Last Year

Gabourey Sidibe has revealed that she went under the knife in May 2016 to aid in her weight loss.

The 33-year-old Empire star had laproscopic bariatric surgery, which she talks about her in new memoir This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.

“I just didn’t want to worry,” Gabourey told People after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. “I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.”

In an excerpt from her memoir, she wrote, “My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change. I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”

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  • shoes4life

    Good for her! She will feel and look better.

  • Raquelle Worthington

    Congrats to Gabby! Nothing you have to do to maintain or re-establish your health is cheating. Diet and exercise alone will work for some people and medical, surgical or therapeutic intervention will be necessary for others, neither way is the easy way.

  • Mercyneal

    She’s still about 100 pounds overweight

  • frenchielover

    i’m glad she did this for her health. She was a heart attack waiting to happen. The thing is, I hope she is getting the counseling needed to keep this off. I wish her the best.

  • Beezers

    And? She’s lost a lot already and will continue to lose more.

  • Darija

    So what? She has already lost a lot of weight and keeps losing weight. Time for you to work on your attitude/character.

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  • Joy

    Why do people say that’s *cheating*? Whatever works is good.

  • Danae

    The thing is, such surgery usually doesn’t have long-lasting effects. When you lose your weight by adjusting your diet and exercising, it’s all happening in your mind. You make a (more or less) conscious decision about changing your habits.
    Surgery is also a big step and requires a complex preparation process but it’s sole purpose is making you lose weight physically, that is a person is not able to ingest as much food as they could before. One has to be fully committed to the alterations in their lifestyle in eating habits and trust me, lots of people just gradually eat more and more (unhealthy food as well), up to the point when their stomach is stretched to the previous size. While brain chemistry changes might help, they won’t miraculously cure cravings for carbs at 10p.m.
    So I agree – if it works for her and she manages to keep her weight stable, that’s great. Fighting obesity is one of the hardest struggles because as you can live without nicotine or alcohol, you cannot live without food. And when you’ve had problems with your weight, anything can trigger unhealthy reactions.

    I don’t understand, however, her being worried about the effects of diabetes. It’s not diabetes that constitutes the core of the problem…

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  • chuckfromct

    Good for her! This is a big positive step in the right direction. She just has to continue eating healthy and getting exercise. Gabby is such a wonderful actress, we want her around for many more years!

  • fadetogether

    Well said!

  • D’Fwan

    Agreed! Love her!! So glad she took it into her own hands and is committed to her health!