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Chris Christie's Experience Is Typical Of Weight Loss Surgery Patients, Says Noted Bariatric Surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz

LOS ANGELES, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Renowned Los Angeles area bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. would like to congratulate New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for taking advantage of the latest advances in weight loss surgery. After years of enduring Chris Christie fat jokes from late night comics and deflecting speculation regarding the impact of his health on a possible presidential run, the bluntly outspoken Republican Governor has taken advantage of one of the most popular weight loss surgery options, a lap band procedure.

The lap band obtained by Governor Christie differs from such surgeries as the gastric sleeve and bypass in that it is both adjustable and completely reversible. The operation uses a tiny laparoscopic camera to place an inflatable band around the stomach, creating a much smaller amount of space to hold food. The result is a significantly reduced appetite. In Governor Christie's case, the procedure, which he secretly obtained in February of this year, appears to be working as it should. He told the New York Post that "A week or two ago, I went to a steakhouse and ordered a steak and ate about a third of it and I was full." Ask any steak-loving person with weight issues, and they'll tell you that it's fairly clear that the governor's surgery was having a positive impact. Flattering Chris Christie weight loss comments may soon outnumber Chris Christie fat jokes.

"Everything I'm reading about Governor Christie's experience jibes with the stories we hear every day," said Dr. Michael Feiz. "He's lost fairly large amounts of weight on a couple of occasions, but the weight has come back. To his credit, the governor exercises regularly and has been trying to reduce his food consumption. On the other hand, the heavy social schedule of a busy politician also provides plenty of opportunity to overindulge. Before his operation, it's very likely that his overeating didn't feel like overeating.  What non-overweight people often fail to grasp is that, due to various hormones and signals from the brain, an obese person's body is telling them that they actually need to eat more than they should. It's a lot harder to ignore those signals than thinner people might imagine. The governor's story is extremely similar to those of many of the busy people with important jobs I see for weight loss surgery in Los Angeles and elsewhere," Dr. Feiz said.

Dr. Feiz added that he sees patients from all walks of life, but the high stress life style of a rising politician is similar to the experiences of many of his patients. "Sometimes patients complain that they don't have enough time to have the surgery but, when they're motivated, they find the time. Governor Christie said it wasn't his presidential prospects that motivated him, but the fact that he has recently turned 50 and truly wants to see his children grow up. That's one of the most common reasons people tell me they are ready to get weight loss surgery, and I think it's a wonderful motivation."

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