“Life is very difficult if you’re overweight. I lived on pain killers, my back and my knees couldn’t carry the weight anymore,” explained Pretorius.
As a result of the extra weight, he developed Type 2 Diabetes and his cholesterol levels sky-rocketed.
Desperate to restore his state of health, he underwent a gastric bypass operation – a surgical procedure where parts the stomach are stapled, to shrink the size of the stomach.
During the procedure the stomach is divided into one small pouch and a second larger pouch and the small intestine is rearranged to connect the two pouches. By shrinking the size of the stomach, the hope is that patients will then eat less.
Now healthier and able to enjoy a pain-free life, Pretorius says there are no magic quick-fixes to overcoming obesity. The surgical procedure helped but on it’s own it isn’t enough, explained Pretorius, saying: “It’s just a tool, you must still help yourself.”
Losing weight and keeping the weight off is hard work, but he’s now committed to staying slim, for the sake of his health.
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