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Divide and conquer: Big weight loss creates a new attitude

Article Date: Feb 3, 2014

Tara Gustin

Tara Gustin was wheeled into the operating room with a stomach the size of a football. Now it's the size of a cup of flour, and she's 100 pounds lighter.

When Gustin, of La Vista, elected to have weight-loss surgery last year, she was morbidly obese, diabetic, and suffered from high blood pressure and high cholesterol. It was a familiar road. Her brother died at 42 after a heart attack, and her dad had five heart attacks before he died. “I saw myself going down the same path as them,” Gustin said.

The scale started to climb, and her health start to slip after she gave birth to her son, Tyler, in 1991. "I was so excited when I got pregnant, (I thought) I'm going to eat myself happy."

Read more about Gustin's story in the Omaha World Herald and how Dr. Tom White, the medical director of bariatric surgery at Alegent Creighton Health, helped her on her weight loss journey.

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