John Daly Evangelizes for Weight Loss Surgery

John Daly, previously known as the bad boy of pro golf, shed more than 100 pounds this year after gastric banding surgery.  Daly calls the surgery “the greatest technology that anyone can have” and hopes the government will make it more available for obese kids.

Golf pro John Daly has lost more than 100 pounds since February – thanks to weight loss surgery – and now, he is evangelizing the benefits of bariatric surgery to fight the  rising obesity rate.

At one point, Daly weighed almost 300 pounds and said he couldn’t bend over and tie his shoe without getting winded. But after having Lap-Band surgery, he’s 115 pounds lighter and says he has higher self-esteem.

Daly called the surgery “the greatest technology that anyone can have” – and says he hopes the government will make it more available for obese kids.  But the process hasn’t been perfect. Daly’s coach Rick Smith admits that the golfer is still adjusting to the weight loss, and that this sometimes affects the quality of his playing. He also told GolfWorld magazine that Daly is still learning to eat correctly.

Daly’s doctors reportedly told him to eat at least 80 grams of protein a day but ESPN reported that right now, Daly is only eating 600 calories a day, which would make it near impossible to get enough protein in his diet.

He may no longer have an obesity problem – but like a lot of weight loss surgery patients, Daly will have to find a diet that fits his new body.

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