Weight loss surgery isn't just for the obese anymore

In order to qualify to have lap band surgery, Kim Byrd had to gain weight. "I gained 10 pounds just to have the surgery," she says. Byrd's scale read 239 when she had the surgery. "Now I weigh 159."


Her need to pack on even more weight in order to be labeled "obese" or "morbidly obese" has been a dilemma facing many Americans. That is, until weight loss surgery procedures got a face lift, making them safer for people hoping to trim down -- without first bulking up.

Typically thought of as a last-ditch effort for those needing to shed large amounts of weight, surgical procedures are becoming an option for overweight (not obese) people, and those suffering from diabetes.