New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in the news this week after he revealed he underwent a gastric bypass operation to help him lose weight. Congressman Tom Reed has also joined that club.
Reed has dropped about 23 percent off his body weight since undergoing gastric bypass operation on February 28th.
Before the operation, 6-foot-tall Reed said he weighed 310 pounds.
Surgeons reduce a person’s stomach size during a gastric bypass operation.
Reed says it was a candid conversation with the doctor led to the operation.
Reed cited type 2 diabetes, and he passed out and was hospitalized from a blood clot in his lungs in November 2010.
Congressman Reed opened his Geneva office on March 27th less than one month after his gastric bypass operation. Photo by Greg Cotterill, Finger Lakes News Radio.
Reed, who is 41 years old, wants to drop down to 188 pounds. Reed said he has been on diets and lost weight before, but it always came back.
The operation happened the same day as the Violence Against Women Act vote. Reed originally told reporters that he “had had a little stomach issue and wasn't able to be at the House floor.”
"At the time we just, obviously, explained it was an illness, but the fact was that I was in surgery that morning undergoing gastric bypass,” Reed told the Ithaca Journal.
Reed's 23rd Congressional District stretches across the Souther Tier and includes all of Seneca, Tompkins, and Yates Counties, and part of Ontario County.