Star Jones Reynolds Weight Loss
Glamour Magazine

Star Jones grew up in public housing, so money was tight, but there was always plenty of food on the table. Exercise was not discouraged, but it wasn’t emphasized either. As a student she almost failed physical education because she hated it so much.

It was 2003, already a successful lawyer and co host of The View, she became angry that she had allowed herself to reach 307 pounds. She consulted numerous doctors, specialists and colleagues who concluded that gastric bypass surgery was the only way she could regain control of her life. It worked for her, but it wasn’t an easy fix and the recovery doesn’t end when you come out of anesthesia—in fact that’s when the real work begins.

Today, 97 million American—more than one-third of the adult population are overweight or obese. An estimated 5 to 10 million of those are considered morbidly obese with weight levels that significantly increase the risk of health conditions.

In order to be eligible for gastric bypass surgery, a patient must lose 10 to 15 percent of their body weight prior to the procedure. This teaches the patient to reduce their bad eating habits and shifts a lifestyle thinking. Typically a patient will wait three months to one year for surgery.

Four years later, Star Jones is successfully maintaining her weight using portion control guidelines and exercise. Everyday she strives to be healthy and happy.