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Empire star Gabourey Sibide underwent weight-loss surgery and is opening up about that experience, and her battle with depression, anorexia and bulimia in her new memoir, This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare.

Sibide shared an excerpt of her book with People. In the memoir, she writes:

“My surgeon said they’d cut my stomach in half. This would limit my hunger and capacity to eat. My brain chemistry would change and I’d want to eat healthier. I’ll take it! My lifelong relationship with food had to change.”

She says going through the process of the surgery and weight-loss has made her realize:

“There’s nothing ugly about me. Anyone trying to convince me that I am — and it’s usually me — is wasting her time. I was in a war with my body for a long time. If I’d started treating it better sooner, I wouldn’t have spent so many years hating myself. But I love my body now.”

Good for her!  Whatever makes you happy, right?

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