Kendall had gastric bypass surgery at age 16.

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When we first met Kendall in 2004, she was a 17-year-old high school student who had just lost 145 pounds, thanks to gastric bypass surgery. Before the operation, she weighed 265 pounds.

At the time, Kendall was thrilled with her results. "It's just incredible," she says. "My life has done a 180. I'm just so much more happy and confident."

Kendall says that for her, surgery was a matter of life and death. "It really gave me my life back."
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