90 Day Fiancé star Angela Deem’s struggles with her weight have been well-documented, but the reality star has recently undergone a massive weight loss transformation that’s left her nearly unrecognizable. In a new exclusive interview with US Weekly, Deem reveals that she’s shed “85 to 90 pounds” following a sleeve gastrectomy operation, which reduces a person’s stomach capacity.
After realizing she’d gained “almost 25 pounds” during a trip to Nigeria, Deem said that her weight began interfering with her daily life to the point where she “couldn’t even walk in the grocery store with the kids to get groceries” without feeling out of breath.
“I felt like I would have died without the weight-loss surgery,” Deem admitted. “I worried, if I don’t get on the table, I’m gonna die.”
Deem decided that, in order to shed the extra weight once and for all, she would not only undergo the sleeve gastrectomy but a breast reduction and liposuction as well.
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While her children were concerned about the safety of undergoing so many procedures, the reality star said she was eager to get everything done in one shot. “I’m going to do everything I can while I’m there, and I’m strong, and I’m going to be all right. I said, ‘This is something I need to do,'” Deem explained.
Once she was on the operating table, the number of procedures increased when doctors discovered untreated hernias that required medical attention.
“I actually had five surgeries in one day. I was under anesthesia for, like, six hours,” Deem revealed.
It’s clear that the transformation has not only boosted Deem’s confidence, but her comfort in her body as well. The reality star has taken to showing off her impressive weight loss with dancing videos on TikTok, in which she looks like a new woman.
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“It’s a journey — not only physically, but an emotional journey,” said Deem. Though Deem has admitted that her transformation was no easy feat, she said it was well worth it in the end, as she hopes it will extend her life. “I did it for myself to stay alive…and [to] benefit the ones I love,” she explained.
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