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Bariatric surgery patients show off weight loss at fashion show

11:24 PM, Dec 13, 2012   |    comments
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Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate a group of East Tennesseans who lost weight and showed off their new look on Thursday.

The Blount Memorial Weight Management Center held its annual Bariatric Fashion Show at the Knoxville Airport Hilton in Alcoa. It marks the end of a life-changing journey of around 12 to 18 months.

The show celebrated 24 models who have lost weight or reduced weight-related diseases like diabetes or high blood pressure as a result of weight loss surgery.

"Years ago I couldn't even be standing here, so with my health it is great and I feel great and I've had a lot of support behind weight management and my family," said model Libby Ritchey.

This was the 10th year for the fashion show.

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