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Gabourey Sidibe in a new photo showing her thinner frame.

Gabourey Sidibe shows off new body, reveals she underwent weight loss surgery

9 March 2017 Entertainment News


Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Actress Gabourey Sidibe, best known for her role on “Precious,” lost a lot of weight and she revealed she underwent weight loss surgery.

The “Empire” actress said she underwent the surgery a year ago and kept it a secret. However, she decided to come out with her story noting that being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes helped her decide to lose weight. The process is called laparoscopic bariatric surgery and she had it last May.

The weight loss surgery was revealed in her first memoir titled “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.” She said in one part of the book, “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.” She also made it clear she tried to lose weight for the past ten years and having surgery was not the easy way out. She continued to reveal the surgery was about her stomach being cut in half so her hunger and capacity to eat will be limited.

Since the surgery, Sidibe also took care of herself by eating healthier foods and going to the gym. She posted photos on Instagram and fans started to take notice of the weight loss.

The actress continued of her weight loss, “It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful. 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.” She also said she cannot let people know too much about her weight loss journey as it is personal and if too many people are involved, she would shut down.

Aside from weight loss, Sidibe also talked about dealing with haters while growing up. She said she went through school and realized it prepared her for real life and that she only felt good about herself when she was 25 years old.

To read more about Sidibe’s life, “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare” will be out in May.

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