Fans of the Real Housewives of New Jersey will know about Lauren Manzo’s problems with her weight.

Having tried diet after diet with no success, the 5ft 3in 24-year-old has spoken about how she finally decided to have lap band surgery after reaching 185lbs.


Her surgery was in September 2011, and so far she has lost 30lbs and is almost halfway to her ideal weight of 120lbs.

In a recent interview she explained why she decided to have the procedure after having rejected the idea of following in her father’s footsteps (he had a lap band fitted in 2008) in having the weight loss surgery.

She said to US Weekly: ‘It’s hard seeing yourself on TV. The camera doesn’t add ten pounds, it adds 800 pounds!”

The popular Bravo television series has well documented Lauren’s struggles: Faddy diets, consultations with dieticians, and endless disappointments at her inability to shift the extra weight.  In the summer of 2011 Lauren finally hit her lowest point.

‘I hated myself,’ she said. ‘I got up to 185lbs. I couldn’t look in the mirror.’

She was extremely emotional and easily upset by seeming insignificant happenings: ‘Something wasn’t right with me. I was depressed.’

She said she initially discounted going down the route of weight loss surgery as she is ‘scared to death of doctors’, but at that crucial point she knew she had to take some drastic action.

Having gone through with the procedure and experienced positive results, Lauren cites the lap band surgery as being the best thing she has done in her life.

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