NJ Governor had secret weight-loss surgery in February

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May 7, 2013, 5:17 pm
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(NECN/NBC News: Erika Edwards) - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has revealed he's had a weight loss procedure called lap band surgery.

It's no secret that Christie has struggled with his weight.  He addressed the problem during a news conference February 5.

"Be assured there is a plan. Whether or not it is successful you all will be able to notice," he said, "but there's a plan."

Just a few weeks later, the Governor secretly moved on a major part of that plan: Lap band surgery.

The procedure involves taking an adjustable band and placing it around the top of the stomach, making the stomach pouch smaller.

"This helps people eat less by helping them control their appetite and control their portion sizes," explains Dr. Wayne Overby.

Because they get fuller, faster the typical lap band patient can expect to lose 35 to 50 percent of excess body weight.

Along with diet and exercise changes, it could take more than a year for Governor Christie to lose his extra weight.

Experts say lap band surgery is a good option for people more than 100 pounds overweight, but who do not have Type II Diabetes or other underlying health problems. Those issues may be helped by the more invasive gastric bypass surgery.

Doctors say Governor Christie is now more likely to avoid such problems in the future.

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