Chris Christie’s family and friends wanted him to start improving his health. So he decided to go with having lap-band surgery, saying that knows this is just the beginning of a longer weight loss process. He insists that this isn’t about a run for president, but strictly for his family.
I’ve known a few people that have gone through this, and it helped… to an extent. They never got “thin,” but there was noticeable weight loss, which can reduce the risk of heart problems, diabetes, and more.
Washington (CNN) – A few months after turning 50 years old, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie secretly underwent lap-band surgery in February for the sake of his wife and kids, a source close to the governor confirmed to CNN. [...]
“I’ve struggled with this issue for 20 years,” he said. “For me, this is about turning 50 and looking at my children and wanting to be there for them.”
Christie had the 40 minute long surgery on Saturday, February 16, a source close to Christie tells CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper, and was back to work by the following Tuesday. [...]
Lap-band surgery entails a doctor fitting a band around the stomach in order to make the organ smaller. It helps people lose weight because as someone eats, the smaller stomach feels fuller faster, thereby cutting down on the amount of food someone consumes. As the lap-band recipient loses weight, doctors can add saline to the band to shrink the stomach even more.
The surgery is considered a less dangerous alternative to gastric bypass, where a doctor shrinks the size of a stomach by dividing the stomach into two using staples.
Back in the summer of 2012, Christie said gastric bypass surgery was “too risky” for him.