022 Maria Caprigno

by reeger on March 27, 2014


Interview with Maria Caprigno.BeforeAfterMaria
At Maria’s heaviest weight, she weighed 443 pounds. Her story is very similar to many people I see in the clinic every day. During her life she had been on numerous diets with little to no success. At her heaviest weight, her quality of life was seriously suffering, and she was told by her doctors that her quantity of life would suffer too, that she would die, if she did not radically change the direction her life was headed.

On February 9th, 2010, Maria Caprigno had Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. She was 3 months shy of her 15th birthday.
In this episode Maria discusses:

  • Her earlier years as a morbidly obese child
  • Contributing factors to her weight gaining trajectory (hint: genetics meets environment meets behavior)
  • Her personal experiences of discrimination, shame, and bullying.
  • All the diets she had tried prior to WLS.
  • When she first sought out surgical options to treat her weight (age 12).
  • How her families support (especially her mom) has made all the difference.
  • What she feels should be the most important considerations on determining a teenagers readiness to undergo WLS.
  • How her journey has been since WLS.
  • Skillpower lessons she has learned regarding exercise, nutrition, and behavior that continue to be an important part her post-WLS journey.
  • The important difference between being identified as obese versus being called fat.
  • Her definition of success.
  • Her views on leadership.
  • The very important role the Obesity Action Coalition continues to play in her life.
  • What society can do to help teens struggling with obesity.
  • Her message to teens.
  • Her message to parents.
  • Her goals for the future (Hint: We are all better off with Maria in the world!)

My favorite quote this episode: “Confidence and success go hand-in-hand.”Maria at OAC400

Mentions this episode:
Obesity Action Coalition
Obesity Institute Children’s Hospital, Washington D.C. 
Maria on Facebook

Additional ways to connect with me:
Twitter: @preegerc
Pinterest: Weight Loss Surgery Podcast
Email: reeger@WeightLossSurgeryPodcast.com
iTunes: Rate this podcast

In Peace and with Connection,

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Todd Rosenschein April 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

This is amazing and selfless work. You are doing a wonderful thing and wish you and your storytellers the best in their journeys.


reeger April 20, 2014 at 5:53 am

Thanks Todd!
I really appreciate you taking the time to let me know.
Hugs to you, your wife, and your sweet boy, A.


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: