After Losing 339 Pounds the Old-Fashioned Way, Virginia Personal Trainer
Amy Barnes Takes On Critics of Bariatric Surgery
A personal trainer who works with a prominent bariatric surgery practice specializing in
procedures such as gastric bypass in Washington, DC is setting the record straight about how she
lost hundreds of pounds. Amy Barnes says, while she lost weight through exhaustive diet and
exercise, she wants to erase the stigma that can sometimes be affixed to weight loss surgery
patients who often have to work just as hard.
(Vocus) February 19, 2010 -- A few years ago, Amy Barnes weighed 490 pounds. At 30 years old, she was on a
very rapid downward spiral heading to severe health problems that can be brought on by morbid obesity. She
decided she’d had enough. Through a rigorous diet and exercise program, Barnes spent the next 4 and ½ years
losing 339 pounds and getting her life and her health back on track. Since losing the weight, she now owns her
own fitness company, Inside & O.U.T. Fitness, and works as a personal trainer with the Bluepoint Surgical Group
, a practice offering weight loss surgery procedures such as the LAP-BAND® System in Northern Virginia and
Washington, DC. After a recent appearance on NBC’s Today Show as part of the Joy Fit Club; a spread on the
cover of Oxygen Magazine’s special edition, Off the Couch!; and several other media appearances, Barnes says
she experienced somewhat of a backlash. And now she is setting the record straight.
“After the articles and appearances, people started commenting on my association with a bariatric surgery
practice, assuming that I lost all of the weight because I’d had weight loss surgery. There are two problems with
this. First, I did not have weight loss surgery. I lost 339 pounds through a very hard diet and exercise routine.
Second, critical comments like that further stigmatize surgical weight loss treatment and illustrate the negative
opinion many people have regarding patients who undergo bariatric surgery to help them lose weight.”