Ed's Weight Loss Journey
Ed lived an active lifestyle until he blew out his knee in college. Over the next few years after college graduation, he was doing less of the activities he loved and kept gaining weight as the result.
Ed — a special education teacher and high school track coach — tried dieting, but eventually turned back to drinking soda and eating fast food and candy. Weighing 476 pounds, he was miserable and needed a change.
On his 49th birthday, Ed went to see his doctor with a leg infection. His doctor warned him that it was only a matter of time until his obesity caught up with him. Deciding enough was enough, Ed scheduled a bariatric surgery appointment at UPMC Horizon. Ed went through 6 months of preoperative meetings, dietary counseling, and support groups. By the time of his gastric bypass surgery, Ed had lost 100 pounds.
After surgery, Ed continued to lose weight and lost a total of 220 pounds since the start of his weight loss journey. He still plans to continue his weight loss regime of a 30-minute walk in the morning and then 30-minutes of recumbent biking in the evening to reach his goal weight.
Learn more about Ed's gastric bypass surgery at UPMC.