Bariatric surgery, followed by skin-tightening surgery, changes this jazz singer's life
Hall, a poster child for bariatric surgery, has reaped the benefits of the procedure that reduced her stomach to the size of a ping-pong ball. In the past year, she's lost almost 140 pounds and tossed out all six of her prescription drugs, including pills for pre-diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. The downside of her remarkable weight loss, Hall said, was 18 pounds of excess skin that can't be dieted or exercised away. The 35-year-old jazz singer said she could hardly wait for the plastic surgery to remove excess skin. In the first procedure, plastic surgeons removed pounds of flab around her buttocks and abdomen and performed a breast lift. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, 24 million Americans are morbidly obese, and bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment. Hall, already gaining recognition for her singing, would win the talent portions and interview segments of the beauty contests. [...] she was 5 feet, 9 inches tall and weighed 170 pounds, and to stay that weight, she exercised for two hours a day and lived on a 500-calorie-a-day diet.