Geneva woman loses 111 pounds
GENEVA – By her own account, Michelle Swoons has always been a big girl.
At 5 feet 11 inches tall, the Geneva resident said she has been a plus-size her whole life.
But when she hit 446 pounds last year, Swoons went to the Northwestern Medicine Metabolic Health and Surgical Weight Loss Center at Delnor in Geneva, seeking a gastric bypass.
“I had started gaining a lot of weight,” Swoons, 35, said. “I was having problems with my heart and it was starting to catch up to me. I thought I could do one of the bariatric surgeries, but I was not a candidate for any of the surgeries.”
Swoons learned that she has binge eating disorder, also known as BED. It is the most common eating disorder in the United States, according to the National Eating Disorders Association.
With no surgical solution in sight, Swoons began seeing Dr. Elizabeth Lowden at the metabolic center at Delnor Hospital.