Thursday 9 March 2017

#Empire star Gabourey Sidibe opens up on having weight loss surgery..-I Love my body now!

 Empire star Gabourey Sidibe shares on why she decided to do something about her weight...

In a recent feature,she indeed confessed she had weightloss surgery when she was diagnosed of a medical condition.

'I love my body now. There's nothing ugly about me,' she told People

  Sidibe had laparoscopic bariatric surgery last May.

And in her new book This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare, the 33-year-actress reveals the move was a long time coming after battling bulimia as a child and then being diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.

Last year, the Empire star underwent weight-loss surgery, and she’s opening up about the experience  and her battle with depression, anxiety and bulimia — for the first time in her new memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare, excerpted exclusively in the latest issue of PEOPLE.

“I just didn’t want to worry,” Sidibe, 33, tells PEOPLE of her decision to get laproscopic bariatric surgery after she and her older brother Ahmed, 34, were 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.”

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 She feels surgery was the right choice. 'I was in a war with my body,' the actress said.
'If I'd started treating it better sooner, I wouldn't have spent  many years hating myself. But I love my body now. There's nothing ugly about me.'

And now when she gets fittings for Empire, the wardrobe specialist has to keep changing the fit. 'I keep shrinking,' she said. 

The beauty added that she is even ready to date. 'I am ready to receive a gentleman caller,' she said. 

The star said she noticed she was different from other kids when she was only aged six and attending school in Harlem, New York.

But soon she was throwing up to keep her weight down. 

'The bulimia stuck around for about three years,' she said. 'Throwing up made me feel high.'

At 22 she looked into weight loss surgery but doctors told her her eating disorder made it a bad choice. And she was told to wait a year.

But when Hollywood called, it was because she was heavy not thin. 'Precious was a role for fat girls only!' she said. 

The star’s decision to undergo surgery wasn’t one she took lightly. Since she was 6 years old, the New York City native has struggled with her appearance. And after her parents — a subway singer (mom Alice) and taxi driver (dad, Ibnou)  split, she battled depression, anxiety and bulimia, which she eventually overcame through therapy.

 On deciding to have Surgery Sidibe said.."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,” 

“The surgery wasn’t the easy way out,” she says. “I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”

Since the procedure, Sidibe has changed her eating habits,working with a nutritionist and upped her fitness regimen, working out with a trainer, swimming and riding a tricycle around the Empire set.

“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful,” she writes in her book. “I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”

“I have a goal right now, and I’m almost there,” she says. “And then once I’ve got it, I’ll set another. But my starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal. If too many people are involved, I’ll shut down.”

“I know I’m beautiful in my current face and my current body. What I don’t know about is the next body,” she writes her in This Is Just My Face. “I admit it, I hope to God I don’t get skinny. If I could lose enough to just be a little chubby, I’ll be over the moon! Will I still be beautiful then? S—. Probably. My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.”

“There’s nothing ugly about me. Anyone trying to convince me that I am and it’s usually me is wasting her time,” she says. 

“I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now!.

Few facts about Laparoscopic Gastrectomy
Laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy  known as 'the sleeve'  is a non-reversible procedure. 
It involves removing  between 75 -80 percent of the stomach. 

What's left is a tubular pouch shaped like a banana. 
With less space to hold food, the patient will consequently consume fewer calories.

More importantly, the operation stabilizes a number of gut hormones which are off-balance in obese people, driving them to crave food when they don't need it.
It also controls blood sugar levels which are key for  diabetic patients  

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