How I Achieved Healthy Weight Loss with "Banding," a New Procedure That Eliminates
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"It was more than that I had kissed away my twenties
and was miserable. I couldn't be naked with anybody,
couldn't wear a backless dress, couldn't go to the beach—all
the things a person should be able to do."
Muhammad Ali's daughter Khaliah hit 325 pounds, she didn't
need to be told again that she was morbidly obese. A
lifetime of dieting, of starving, had not helped. She
thought about gastric bypass surgery but couldn't pursue it
after reading the statistic that as many as one in
twenty-five people suffers complications, and sometimes
death, from the operation. She could not afford to risk
leaving her young son without a mother.
depressed, and unable to walk up a flight of stairs without
losing her breath, she did not know which way to turn—until
a friend pointed her toward a new type of surgery called
gastric banding. It is just as effective as gastric
bypass with a fraction of potential complications. With the
band placed around her stomach and completely taking away
her hunger, Khaliah slimmed down to half her former size.
The band she used has been the surgical option of
choice in Europe for more than a decade but is only just now
arriving in the United States. It is sure to become number
one here too. Unlike gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding
is reversible, is completely safe during pregnancy, involves
no nutritional deficiencies, and best of all, takes away
hunger forever, not just for the first year or so.
Khaliah wraps her story of weight loss in this memoir of
what it was like to grow up the daughter of one of the
world's most famous men, and teams up with her surgeons at
the New York University Medical Center to detail the
lifetime of misery suffered by an obese girl; the ins and
outs of the banding operation; and the joy, serenity, and
health resulting from a solution that until now had eluded
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