I think people forget Jackson had done this surgery. He could well be in health trouble now because he failed to monitor his diet per the Trib below. So I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt on what’s behind his leave.
The tragedy is much of his district overwhelmed with violence now. Public Safety not a Congressman’s first job, but it’s the number one problem facing his constituents now. They need a healthy rep and Jackson doesn’t seem up for the job.
This AM’s Trib on the Congressman,
On Capitol Hill, The Hill newspaper named Jackson one of its "50 most beautiful people" in 2010 and noted that his weight had ballooned from 210 pounds to 310 pounds before he underwent weight-loss surgery in 2004. By 2010, the paper said, he'd dropped to 175 pounds and taken up yoga and taekwondo.
Jackson's surgery was a duodenal switch, which involves removing part of the stomach and reconfiguring the intestine to reduce the size of the small bowel. The procedure changes how the body absorbs nutrients, and lack of absorption of some vitamins and minerals can cause fatigue, doctors said.
"People who undergo gastric bypass surgery often have chronic problems with nutritional deficiency and may lack micronutrients like iron, calcium, vitamin B complex and may need to be on vitamin supplements," said Dr. David Zich, a doctor of internal medicine and emergency medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. "It takes careful attention to diet, and for people who have varying schedules and are constantly on the go, oftentimes a diet is the first to go when we are rushing and trying to meet a schedule."