Harrison, 31, slimmed down from 402 pounds to 210 pounds after getting lap band surgery in 2010, and has never felt better.
Corey said he had an epiphany when he was told by his doctor that he needed to start taking diabetes medication.
“I literally drove straight from the doctor to the lap band center and had the surgery almost immediately,” Harrison told People.
“Back then, the surgery was too expensive for my bank account, so I had to pay with four credit cards, but it was something I had to do. I was not going to get diabetes!”
Corey, a former couch potato, was so encouraged by the rapid weight loss (he lost 50 pounds in the first six weeks) that he began exercising.
Harrison now works out five days a week and follows a high-protein diet. “I’m actually excited to go to the gym now,” he said. “I box 12 rounds a day, five days a week,” he said.
Corey joins a growing list of celebrities getting bariatric surgery. Rosie O’Donnell has lost more than 50 pounds since getting gastric-sleeve surgery in August 2013.
Similarly, celebrity chef Graham Elliot has lost 155 pounds since getting gastric sleeve in July 2013. He recently ran his first 5K race and is now training for the Chicago Marathon.
Surgery Proven More Effective Than Diet and Exercise
Bariatric surgery has soared recently, as more medical experts embrace the procedure for producing dramatic weight loss and for reversing diabetes and heart disease.
There are many emotional disruptions that accompany bariatric surgery’s jaw-dropping physical changes, according to Weight Loss Surgery For Dummies, which underscores that losing weight is as much of an emotional transformation as a physical one.
Research confirms that surgery beats diet and exercise for producing fast weight loss, but bariatric surgeons are frustrated by the negative stigma surrounding weight-loss surgery.
“People lose sight of the fact that the patients aren’t just obese, they’re sick,” said Dr. Alan Wittgrove. “It’s not as easy as just losing weight.”
Dr. Wittgrove said it’s unfair that weight-loss surgery is viewed as the lazy person’s way out of obesity, saying no one would accuse someone who gets cancer surgery as lazy.