How Tim Russert saved my life
The "Meet The Press" host's premature death prompted Atlantic columnist Marc Ambinder to take extreme measures to slim down
In a new essay, The Atlantic's politics editor Marc Ambinder explores America's obesity crisis and tells his own tale of "the struggle against fat." Fearing for his health, and having visited diet doctors, nutritionists and fitness experts to no avail, Ambinder turned his attention to a more radical solution:
"There is a way to beat obesity. But it is radical and expensive. No other diet or weight-loss approach is remotely as effective as bariatric surgery. Most people who seek it out have tried everything else. Many of them can pinpoint the moment they concluded that they had no other choice. Mine came late in the afternoon on June 13, 2008, when I learned that Tim Russert, the Meet the Press host, had died of a sudden heart attack at NBC’s Washington bureau. I didn’t know Russert well, but as I sat at my desk, my tolerance for the status quo ended. I’m 30 years old, I remember thinking. I can’t spend another decade like this. I Googled bariatric surgery Washington D.C."