Two years ago, Aubrey Johansen weighed 350 lbs and was told she had 15 years to live, which would be fine if she were pushing 80. At the time, however, Johansen was only 23, and she was dealing not only with the health effects of her weight but also with the societal backlash. An aspiring singer, she was rejected from a singing program due to her body weight (which is lame).

// back in black. 😉😏

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Johansen told the Daily Mail that the program's rejection, coupled with stern words from her doctor, compelled her to get serious about her health. In October 2014, she underwent gastric bypass surgery and has since lost 159 pounds. But Johansen didn't rely on the surgery alone: the professional chef started eating better and working out.