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Center for Weight Management
Two locations:

20 Research Place
North Chelmsford, MA 01863

203 Turnpike Street
2nd Floor
North Andover, MA 01845

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Phone: 978-788-7200
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Phone: 877-LGH-WELL

Jack Davis (from Dracut)

The Incredible Shrinking Man

Jack Davis shed 220 lbs. (and counting!) without surgery

In August 2009, Jack Davis weighed 526 lbs. The 50-year-old Dracut resident had diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And he found it increasingly difficult to do his job as a Lowell police supervisor.

Jack Davis beforeJack Davis after“I didn’t have to get too involved in the physical part of being a policeman but, at that weight, it was hard to just move around,” he says. “Very hard.”

Jack’s diabetes also was spiraling out of control.

“I was at my doctor’s office in North Chelmsford and he said I better start doing something about losing weight,” Jack recalls. “He suggested I go downstairs and talk to the folks at Lowell General's Center for Weight Management and Bariatric Surgery.”

Jack not only followed his doctor’s suggestion to look into the non-surgical program (no longer offered at Lowell General), he signed up for it that day. And the changes he’s undergone have been extraordinary.

As of July 2010 – 11 months after starting the program – Jack had lost 220 lbs. “And I’m not considered a diabetic anymore,” he says. “I no longer have high blood pressure or high cholesterol either.”

“I was shocked at how fast the weight has come off,” he continues. “I figured this would be a four- to five-year deal."

“I’d always thought that the only way to lose weight was to starve yourself and kill yourself with exercise,” Jack says. “But this program teaches you to eat when you’re hungry, and to exercise moderately. It’s hard to comprehend that you have to eat to lose weight, but that’s what happens. You just have to eat the right foods.”

Jack continues to attend weekly group support meetings at the Center as he works toward his goal weight of 250 lbs.

The best part of his dramatic weight loss?

“I’m able to do stuff I hadn’t done in years, like just go out and walk, hit golf balls at the driving range or go bowling,” he says. “I can do anything now.”

Click here to learn if you are a candidate for Surgical Treatment and find out when you can attend one of our FREE Weight Management Information Sessions.

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