Weather Alert


A Heat Advisory has been issued for the area Saturday.  Heat indices will be between 105 and 110 during the afternoon hours.



Health Watch

Health Watch

text size

HEALTHWATCH: Weight Loss Surgery

Updated: Wednesday, April 2 2014, 05:49 PM CDT
Obesity increases the risk for numerous health problems.
Surgery has become a widely used method of treatment because it can provide long-term maintained weight loss.

Tabitha Hunt is 18 months removed from her weight loss surgery.
She's had a flurry of health and life changes since her procedure.
Tabitha Hunt says she was always heavy but after high school,  she says her weight got out of control.
(("I just didn't feel comfortable with myself."))
At her heaviest -- Tabitha was 260 pounds.  Just too much for her tiny 5'2 frame.  Her feet and back hurt constantly.
She was given devastating health news.

(("I wanted to have babies and I was told that I couldn't.  I had polycystic ovarian syndrome."))
Tabitha says she was told her ovaries weren't functioning properly because she was obese.
(("As you get heavier as a female makes testosterone and estrogen, it messes up your testosterone-estrogen balance and you become an-ovulatry.  Where you don't have periods like you normally would."))
Learning she couldn't conceive without a drastic weight loss was the push Tabitha needed.  She started researching weight loss surgery options.

(("That was the end result.  Okay, I'm ready to do this.  I want to be able to do this, I want to be able to have the normal life."))
Tabitha met with Sacred Heart Hospital's Bariatric Surgeon Jeffrey Lord for a consult.  He required her to go through extensive nutritional and psychological counseling before her gastric bypass surgery -- one of the three surgical weight loss options Lord performs.
((They're gonna have to diet and exercise for life, they've gotta be compliant with their multi vitamins, calcium and B12."))
In the year and a half since her surgery -- Tabitha's lost 115 pounds.  And does not have the thyroid and anemia problems that had also plagued her.

Right before her surgery, she met her now husband, and he's been supportive of her new healthy lifestyle.

(("We all have to change as a family, so he took that into perspective for us, so I could do better."))
Lately -- Tabitha's put a little weight back on.  But for the best reason possible.  She's expecting a little girl this summer.  She's excited and proud.

(("That it finally paid off, something I did, I accomplished."))
(("It's why I'm in this specialty, is because it's so gratifying."))
For more health related news head over to and click on the Health Watch tab. HEALTHWATCH: Weight Loss Surgery

Advertise with us!

Related Stories

ABC National Health News

Ebola Outbreak Enters Sixth Month With No End in Sight
West Africans hiding and burying Ebola patients in secret, officials warn.
Why American Ebola Survivor Got So Many Hugs
Hospital staff hugged Dr. Kent Brantly to show public he's not contagious.
7 Ways Debt Is Bad for Your Health
Regardless of who you are—or why you owe money—science suggests that being in debt could be affecting your physical and mental health. Here are just some of the reasons to get back in the black.
Ebola Drug's Role in Americans' Recoveries Remains Unclear
American Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly credited doctors, God and an experimental drug for his recovery today. But experts say it’s unclear whether the drug, known as ZMapp, helped or hindered his recovery.
US Ebola Patients Out of Hospital But Outbreak Worsens in West Africa
Even though two American Ebola patients may be out of the woods in terms of their battle with the virulent disease, officials in West Africa continue to grapple with the worst-ever Ebola outbreak that is showing no signs of stopping.
Ebola Patient Dr. Kent Brantly Says 'God Saved My Life'
Two Americans who contracted Ebola in Africa were released after being cured of the disease at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.
How Ebola Survivors Have Fought the Stigma
American Ebola survivors are no risk to the general public, experts say.
Man Hands Foul Ball Catch to Terminally-Ill Mom
John Oberg caught the foul ball and handed it to his mom, glad she's alive.
School Year Set to Kick Off With Relaxed Lice Policies
By CDC estimates, there are 6 million to 12 million head lice infestations each year in the U.S. among young children.
Are Athletes More Likely to Be Diagnosed With ALS?
Just one year ago, Tim Shaw was playing football with the Tennessee Titans. Now he’s battling ALS, the fatal neurodegenerative disease at the center of the viral ice bucket challenge.
Doctors Blast Rob Schneider's Parkinson's Drug Twitter Rant
Comedian Rob Schneider’s Twitter rant blaming Parkinson’s drugs for Robin Williams’ death has highlighted the delicate balance between the risks and benefits of the prescription drugs millions of people take every day.
Peanut, Almond Butter Recalled for Salmonella Risk
Peanut, almond butter from Hain Celestial unit recalled due to salmonella risk
USDA: Cost to Raise Child up Slightly to $245,340
Get ready for sticker shock: USDA says average cost to raise a child up slightly to $245,340
Ebola Patient Reunites with Husband Through Isolation Glass at Emory
Nancy Writebol saw her husband for the first time since her evacuation from Liberia.
Cancer Drug Tops List of Promising Baldness Treatments
Ruxolitinib reversed baldness caused by alopecia in a small study.
How Hotter Summers Are Putting Swimmers at Risk
As families flock to pools and lakes to cool off, experts are warning about a risky consequence of climate change: waterborne disease.
Watch: US Doctor Who Contracted Ebola Leaves Hospital With Hugs
Both Dr. Kent Brantly and missionary Nancy Writebol were discharged from Emory hospital after surviving the deadly virus.
Watch: Girl Saved by Anonymous Donor Meets Her 'One in the World' Match
Girl with rare disease finds only person in the entire world able to be a perfect match.
10 Weight Loss Mistakes Most Women Make
Dropping pounds boils down to a simple-sounding formula: burn more calories than you take in; eat less and move more. But anybody who has ever cut calories and ramped up an exercise plan in an effort to slim down knows it's a lot harder than it sounds. All dieters inevitably make mistakes along the way—and most of the time they don't even realize it. Here are the 10 flubs that everyone makes when they're trying to shed fat.
9 Worst Eye Care Mistakes You're Making
Here’s what not to do to make sure your vision stays healthy well into your golden years.
6 Ways to Make Losing Weight Less of a Downer
Let’s face it: Trying to eat healthier and move more can sometimes feel like a drag. Change your mindset with these six tricks.
7 Odd Reasons You Bruise Easily
There are plenty of reasons for easy bruising, the discoloration caused by a trauma that ruptured blood vessels just under the skin. Check out the surprising explanations behind your sore spots and learn which ones are harmless and which ones need attention.

Enrollment for healthcare exchanges as part of healthcare reform begins October 1 in states where exchanges will be set up. Expect special reports each week from us about what you need to know about 'Obamacare' and the ongoing political fight about its future.

To Learn More About Health Care Reform, Click Here


Sacred Heart Health System - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cardiology - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cancer Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Orthopedics - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vein Institute - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
The Endoscopy Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vascular & Interventional - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Stand Up Open MRI - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Advertise with us!

Tonight on ABC 3

06:30PM Who Wants to be a Millionaire?
07:00PM Last Man Standing
07:31PM The Neighbors
08:00PM Shark Tank
09:01PM 20/20
10:00PM Channel 3 News

Complete ABC 3 Schedule