During a sleeve gastrectomy, most of the stomach is permanently removed, leaving a “banana-shaped section that is closed with staples,” according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. This reduces the amount of food that a person can eat, making them feel full sooner. The procedure may also affect gut hormones and gut bacteria that play a role in appetite and metabolism, according to the NIDDK.
“I’ve never had a surgery before in my life, so any kind of surgery was scary and you hear negative comments about the surgery and how dangerous it is, but I did a lot of research before I went through with it,” Lozano said.
Since the surgery, Lozano has reached her goal weight of 140 pounds.
“As soon as I lost the weight, I (didn’t) have foot problems anymore,” she said. “I have more energy and I’m more active with my kids. I feel like I’m going to be around when they grow up now.”
Lozano is not alone in her struggles with weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than one-third (36.5 percent) of U.S. adults are obese.