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Star Jones Reynolds skirted questions about her dramatic weight loss for years, saying only that she had undergone a medical intervention. That intervention, it turns out, was gastric bypass surgery.

Miss Jones Reynolds, 45, says she was “intentionally evasive” when people asked how she had dropped 160 pounds in three years. She had gastric bypass surgery in August 2003.

She writes about her weight loss in a first-person essay in the September issue of Glamour magazine, due on newsstands Tuesday .

“I was scared of what people might think of me,” she writes. “I was afraid to be vulnerable and ashamed at not being able to get myself under control without this procedure.”

Keeping her decision private made her a hypocrite, she adds, because she had been so outspoken about her firing as co-host of ABC’s “The View” last year.

Miss Jones Reynolds, a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law —who weighed 307 pounds at her heaviest — says her “out-of-control behavior” began around her 40th birthday in 2002. Feeling lonely, she turned to food for comfort and gained 75 pounds over the course of 17 months.

“I used to look in the mirror and take pride in my figure, but that was when I was legitimately a full-figured woman,” she says. “I’d gradually gone from full-figured to morbidly obese.”

Surgery for Roberts

ABC “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts has been diagnosed with breast cancer and will be undergoing surgery Friday, AP reports.

She told viewers about her cancer on yesterday’s show.

Miss Roberts, 46, said she examined herself and found a lump on her breast the same day she had done a report on former “GMA” movie critic Joel Siegel, who died of colon cancer last month.

The network wouldn’t say which breast was affected.

Compiled by Kevin Chaffee from Web and wire reports