When Jen Larsen decided to undergo a major and potentially-life threatening weight loss surgery, she was convinced it was her only option. Larsen has struggled with obesity since childhood and suffered from depression, fear and anxiety. Desperate for a way out, she thought the surgery would transform her life.
In 2007, Larsen underwent a duodenal switch procedure which rerouted her intestines and reduced her stomach to roughly the size of a banana. She knew the potentially fatal risks of the surgery –- but what she did not understand was how it would make her feel.