Weight Loss Surgery Doesn’t Always Cut It
(NPR) — Losing weight in America is big business. Americans spend $61 billion a year on everything from diet pills and exercise videos to meal plans, health club memberships and medical treatment. One of the fastest growing and lucrative segments of the weight-loss market is surgery. And if you want to learn about the risks and benefits of going under the knife to lose weight, there’s a great place to go in Los Angeles — and it’s not a Beverly Hills doctor’s office. Check out Power 106, L.A.’s popular hip-hop station, and its larger-than-life DJ, Big Boy. The DJ — seldom referred to by his given name, Kurt Anderson — used to be really big. “I had gotten up to like an 8X shirt and size 66 pants. My whole life I’ve always been big. It just went from big to bigger till I got to my biggest,” Anderson says. He reached 520 pounds. At that weight, Anderson posed provocatively for a photo in his underwear. It was plastered on billboards all around L.A. But he says he knew he wouldn’t last at that weight.