This mom-daughter duo lost a combined 380 pounds in two years. "I was an emotional eater," says Wilkes-Barre resident Nicole Omar, who weighed 412 pounds when she gave birth to her second child. "You get to be a certain size and no longer see how big you are.”
Her mom, Judith Benson, suffered from diabetes, sleep apnea and high blood pressure. "I struggled with my weight for 53 years. After years of fad dieting, I was heavier than ever.” Judith dropped 145 pounds after gastric bypass surgery.
"Watching my mom lose the weight helped me realize I was ready to change my life,” Nicole says. In 2016, Nicole underwent a biliopancreatic procedure which gave her the tools she needed to kick start her weight-loss. “Now I’m 225 pounds lighter and feel fortunate to have had my surgery at Geisinger.”