Actress Gabourey Sidibe rose to fame in 2009 after acting in her first film, “Precious,” a role which earned the actress an Academy Award and a Golden Globe nomination. Frequently throughout her career, her weight has come under much scrutiny. After secretly going under the knife in 2016, Sidibe has lost over 200 pounds and is now rumored to be wearing size 9 clothing.
In 2016, Gabourney was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and after talking to her brother, she decided to get laparoscopic bariatric surgery. She said, “I truly didn’t want to worry about all the effects that go along with diabetes. I genuinely [would] worry all the time about losing my toes.” In May 2016, she went under the knife, and according to sources, she had more than 50 percent of her stomach stapled, reducing its size significantly.
“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change, and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change,” the Empire star wrote in her memoir. “The surgery wasn’t the easy way out,” she said. “I wasn’t cheating by getting it done. I wouldn’t have been able to lose as much as I’ve lost without it.”
Since the procedure, she has worked with a nutritionist to change her eating habits, paid a trainer to up her fitness regimen, and she also started riding a tricycle while on the Empire set. In an interview, she wrote, “I have a goal right now, and I’m almost there.” “And then once I’ve got it, I’ll set another. But my starting weight and my goal weight, they’re personal. If too many people are involved, I’ll shut down,” she continued.
In Sidibe’s 2017 memoir, “This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare,” she discussed her numerous attempts and things that she has done to lose weight, She also spoke about her battle with depression, anxiety, as well as her struggles with bulimia. She also mentioned that she’s been struggling with her appearance since the age of 6 while growing up in New York. Finally, she said, “I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. I want to do a cartwheel. I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs.”