Gabourey Sidibe Opens Up About Her Weight Loss Surgery
One of the things I love most about Gabourey Sidibe is she’s always been comfortable in her skin and she always shoots straight from the hip.
In her new memoir, the “Empire” star opened up about undergoing weight loss surgery after she and her brother were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
In May 2016, the 33-year-old actress quietly underwent laproscopic bariatric surgery. She told People, “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.”
Gabby offered more details about her experience in her memoir, “This Is Just My Face…Try Not To Stare.”
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.
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 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.
I know I’m beautiful in my current face and my current body. What I don’t know about is the next body.
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! Will I still be beautiful then? S—. Probably. My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.
There’s nothing ugly about me. Anyone trying to convince me that I am — and it’s usually me — is wasting her time. I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now.
Good for her! If she’s happy and healthy – I’m here for it!
Gabourey Sidibe’s memoir, “This Is Just My Face…Try Not To Stare,” arrives on May 1. Scoop your copy below. FOLLOW US: Google+ | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Tumblr | Subscribe DOWNLOAD ICC APP: App Store | Google Play