33-year old Gabourey Sidibe is the poster child for “Unapologetically loving the skin you’re in,” and in a recent interview with People magazine she discussed why in spite of her appreciating her curves, the weight she had long carried, had to go!
She had battled anxiety, bulimia and depression, due to her parent’s split, but her biggest battle was her relationship with food. A trip to her doctor would reveal another battle to add to the number of fights she would have to win, which was to be the biggest yet, Gabby had been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes.
In her upcoming memoir, ‘This Is Just My Face: Try Not To Stare,’ Gabby tells People that:
“My surgeon said that 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.” She wrote in her memoir, ahead of its scheduled May release about the laparoscopic bariatric surgery she underwent last year.
“The surgery wasn’t the easy way out, 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, the Oscar-nominated actress has changed her eating habits and is now working with a trainer and consulting a nutritionist. She’s so committed to her new lifestyle and the journey to maintain her weight loss, that she rides a tricycle around the set of her TV show ‘Empire’!
“I used to hate mirror selfies. Now I do them every day. I’m just too black and fine! I can’t help it!” She captions the photo below:
This new outlook is a far cry from her past.
“It has taken me years to realize that what I was born with is all beautiful, I did not get this surgery to be beautiful. I did it so I can walk around comfortably in heels. … I want not to be in pain every time I walk up a flight of stairs. … I know I’m beautiful in my current face and my current body. What I don’t know about is the next body….I admit it, I hope to God I don’t get skinny. If I could lose enough to just be a little chubby, I’ll be over the moon! Will I still be beautiful then? S—. Probably. My beauty doesn’t come from a mirror. It never will.”she writes.
She’s confident and happy! It’s been ten months since she had her surgery and she’s continuing to embrace her new look and new state of mind.
“There’s nothing ugly about me,” she writes. “Anyone trying to convince me that I am — and it’s usually me — is wasting her time. I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now.”
The actress added that she has a goal weight, but that’s private.
“I have a goal right now, and I’m almost there,” she says. “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 told People.
We’re happy for Gabby for taking the first step towards taking control of her health and towards fighting her diabetes. We also applaud her for continuing to be a positive proponent for appreciating your body despite what anyone says is “the standard”.