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Bariatric surgery helps those who struggle with obesity get new lease on life

March 5th, 2011 12:37 pm by Leigh Ann Laube

Bariatric surgery helps those who struggle with obesity get new lease on life

Doug and Tess Ziemann

Doug Ziemann’s issues with weight began decades ago when he was a two-sport athlete in high school. But it wasn’t until Aug. 23, 2010 that he decided to do something about it.

Ziemann, of Bristol, calls that day last summer his “reality check.” On that day, he adopted his wife’s 22-year-old special needs daughter.

“Tess is going to need someone all her life ... That’s when I really got to thinking about it,” he said. “How long am I going to live at my weight?”

To get the weight off for good, Ziemann has spent months preparing for gastric bypass surgery, tentatively scheduled for March 16.

Raised in North Dakota, Ziemann was an offensive lineman for the football team and a forward on the basketball team. That required a fluctuation of weight depending on the season — heavier for football, lighter for basketball.

During his stint in the Army, Ziemann was put on a weight management program.

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