26-Year-Old Sheds 95 Pounds to Run Chicago Half Marathon
Source Newsroom: Loyola University Health System
Newswise — MAYWOOD, Il. – Philip Barnett, 26, is running the Chicago Half Marathon – his first – but he feels he has already won the most important race of his life. “I had sleeve gastrectomy surgery at Loyola six months ago and have lost 95 pounds,” said the business development manager. “I have lost one-third of my original body weight and I feel amazing.”
Barnett weighed 295 pounds at his heaviest and, at 5 ft. 8 inches tall, was clinically obese. “I was newly married with a beautiful wife, and because of my high cholesterol and other health issues, I was afraid I wouldn’t be around in 20 years,” said Barnett, who was married last Labor Day. “I had the weight-loss surgery at Loyola in March and this has been the best six months of my life.” He now weighs 196 and counts running as a new hobby.
“Philip’s commitment to making positive lifestyle changes before and after bariatric surgery has made him successful in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight and decreasing his future risk of developing co-morbid conditions,” said Ashley Barrient, clinical dietitian, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery& Bariatric Care.
Barnett was athletic his whole life but after college, his weight crept up. “I knew how to eat nutritiously