Actress Gabourey Sidibe rose to fame playing playing the lead role in the movie Precious in 2009 — a drama about an overweight, pregnant teen living a life of trials in Harlem — and, according to her new memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare (out in May 2017) tried for more than a decade to lose weight naturally before deciding to try laproscopic bariatric surgery, a.k.a, weight-loss surgery, after being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. The Empire star's memoir details her struggle with her weight as well as her battles with depression, anxiety and bulimia.
Sidibe's battle with weight loss — and her transparency about it — is something to be applauded. In our show Altar'd, a similar weight loss struggle happens: engaged couples are challenged to shape up 90 days before their wedding day — with the added twist of doing it separately, then revealing their transformations when they meet up again at the altar! There's no extreme weight loss happening here, though. Instead, participants get fit by changing their eating and exercise habits, like Sidibe knows, the real commitment to change your bodies and life doesn't stop when you hit your goal weight. Check out more about Altar'd here.
Here's some key statements from Sidibe's new memoir:
"The Surgery Wasn't The Easy Way Out."
The most important thing she writes, in an except published in People: “The surgery wasn’t the easy way out. I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.” It's essential to note that laproscopic bariatric surgery is typically a last resort for people who need to lose a lot of weight, and truly want to change their eating habits.
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"My Lifelong Relationship With Food Had To Change."
“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,” she writes.
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"I Want To Not Be In Pain Every Time I Walk Up A Flight Of Stairs."
For Sidibe, the surgery wasn't just about getting skinny. “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 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! My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.”
Read more of Gabourey Sidibe's journey from People magazine.
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