Former athlete's life transformed by gastric bypass surgery

14 March 2011

A former athlete who struggled with obesity following a horrific car crash has got her life back on track thanks to gastric bypass surgery.

Debbie Cressey, a former hammer thrower at Doncaster Athletics Club, was involved in a crash in 2004, was confined to a wheelchair and became clinically obese as a result, developing type 2 diabetes in the process.

After the crash, Mrs Cressey had to give up coaching altogether, but the mother-of-three is now getting her weight back under control following the gastric bypass surgery.

Since May 2010, when she underwent the procedure, she has dropped from 23.5 stone to 16 stone and her diabetes is now in remission.

She told the Sheffield Star that while gastric bypass surgery was not an easy option and took plenty of careful consideration, it was costing the NHS less in terms of healthcare costs in the long run that continued treatment for type 2 diabetes.

Recent NHS statistics from the healthcare organisation's Information Centre show that obesity-related hospital admissions in the UK are on the increase.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

1 "Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet: England, 2011". NHS Information Centre. Thursday, February 24th 2011.

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