Star Jones Reynolds, formerly a co-host of The View, has confessed how she significantly slimmed her formerly obese body: gastric bypass surgery.
Although losing more than 150 pounds over the last four years left most people assuming she opted for the procedure, Reynolds refused to admit she had undergone what was becoming an increasingly popular surgery. When asked in the past, her ambiguous response was that she sought out “a medical intervention.” Now, she writes in a Glamour magazine essay what she did and why she wouldn’t previously talk about it.
“I was scared of what people might think of me,” she explains. “I was afraid to be vulnerable, and ashamed at not being able to get myself under control without this procedure.”
Already overweight in 2002, she entered a period of emotional eating where she gained the 75 pounds that led to the highest number she had ever seen on the scale: 307. “I used to look in the mirror and take pride in my figure, but that was when I was legitimately a full-figured woman,” she writes. “I’d gradually gone from full-figured to morbidly obese.”
Although Reynolds was “intentionally evasive,” as she puts it, regarding gastric pypass surgery, she was very open last year about a cosmetic procedure she underwent: breast lift surgery. “It’s a little bit of a hoist,” she said during a broadcasted conversation with her then-co-hosts, “because after you lose some weight, you sometimes go real flat, and I really want to lift them up.”
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