Tuesday, November 8, 2005

Former Sumo Wrestler Weighs In On Gastric Bypass Surgery

DALLAS (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A sumo wrestler-turned-band leader is weighing in on the repercussions of gastric bypass surgeries.

Craig Thompson used to be known as “Big T”, a former sumo wrestler in Japan, but after returning to the U.S. his weight and his health got out of control.

At 400 pounds, Thompson says one of his lowest points was enduring the embarrassment of having to use a seatbelt extender on an airplane flight.

In 1997 though, Thompson was one of the first candidates for the stomach shrinking surgery, and now – 200 pounds lighter – he doesn’t tip scales, he sings them with his swing band Big T and the Bada-Bings.

For Thompson, singing is one of his boyhood dreams that he says his father squashed at a young age saying, “Singers are faggots, I want you to be a football player.”

Besides singing his heart out now, Thompson also speaks to support groups and is writing about the weighty emotional issues that most gastric bypass patients go through for a book titled Physical Bankruptcy.

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