'Starving Obese' Girl Drops 33 Lbs.
Alexis Shapiro 'giggling, happy,' once again, still fights hunger
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 27, 2014 6:35 AM CDT
A screen shot from NBC video of Alexis.   (NBC News video)

(Newser) – After 12-year-old Alexis Shapiro had surgery to fight obesity, her doctor expected her to lose 40 pounds in the ensuing months. Two months later, she's already lost 33, NBC News reports. "She’s the giggling, happy little girl I remember," says her mother. What's more, the procedure appears to have reversed Alexis' diabetes, and her enlarged liver has shrunk. "I would say that she's really right on track," says her doctor, who reports doing a "happy dance" each month as Alexis continues to lose weight.

The obesity surgery followed an operation years earlier to get rid of a benign brain tumor; half of kids who have the tumor surgery end up with damage to the pituitary gland and hypothalamus. It left Alexis unable to control intense hunger. That situation had appeared to be improving, but her mother notes that recently, Alexis has once again been "asking about dinner at breakfast." This week, her weight stayed at 170 pounds, and her doctor says her weight loss could slow or halt. But doctors plan "to use every trick in the book,” to help her. “I told her mom, ‘Don’t feel like we’re out of angles here.'" Click for more on Alexis' case.

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Oct 28, 2014 6:49 AM CDT
Not many people who can truthfully say, "I've got a brain condition," instead of just eating too many Ho-Hos.
May 28, 2014 6:12 AM CDT
Did you idiots even read the whole article or investigate this subject further? Or did you only read what you wanted out of that? She had a medical condition that caused her to gain all that weight. Her parents didn't "let" her gain all that weight. Not to mention who are all of you to judge? Pretty easy to be judgemental about something when sitting behind a computer screen. Dumbasses.
May 27, 2014 11:36 PM CDT
Disgusting that a PARENT would allow this to happen. Parents should be put in jail and child put in "protective custody."