Sunday, February 5, 2012

Weight Loss Surgery

Judging by my e-mails and also comments after my CNN story, people are thinking that because I didn't have weight loss surgery that I think people who choose to are bad and wrong and terrible.

That is not at all what I think.

Yes, the surgery was not for me.  I couldn't see doing it and still can't. I felt like if I had the power to move my body and eat right, I could do it myself.  So I did.

But it's a personal choice.  People have as much right to have that surgery as I do not to have it.  This is still a free country (for the most part.)

Do I think it is a ridiculous procedure?  Yes, I do.  I think the surgery is something to be used in extreme situations where it is impossible for someone to lose weight.

Even if you have the surgery, you can still gain the weight back.  The surgery doesn't teach you how to eat right, how to exercise or how to conquer your demons. That's all part of a lifestyle change that still has to happen.

I have a lot of friends that have had that surgery and while I might not agree with it or think that it was necessary, I'll defend their choice to do whatever they want.

Make sense?  Sound off in the comments below.


  1. Agreed! Weight loss surgery may start the weight loss ball rolling, however it doesn't always officially solve the problem. I know many people who have had the surgery and had a successful weight loss. However, several years later they have all gained back at least 25-40 pounds. Why? Because they didn't make the lifestyle change. They went back to eating all of the things that made them overweight in the first place! I'm not trying to be harsh, as one of these people in my life is my own husband. Even to this day, I try to get him to understand that even though he can't eat large meals, the nutritional value of the "small" meals he is putting into his body is incredibly bad! I myself have opted to follow your route. I finally realized I have to be accountable for what I put in my body! The weight is not going to come off until we understand the numbers behind nutrition and exercise. I am not big on exercise...but a 30 minute walk and keeping a food journal with a healthy calorie range has really made a difference! I'm only 30 days into my journey...but I can see and feel the difference. I now know it is possible!

  2. Slimpea! Congratulations on starting your journey. Send me an e-mail and let me know how you're doing

  3. I'm with you, Bryan. I used to work with a guy who'd had that surgery. I didn't even know he'd been overweight until I heard the story. But I was in that job (it was a temp assignment) for two years and by the time I left he was gaining the weight back. So I did a little research and heard about other people who'd had the same experience. I guess the stomach can stretch back out again, and if the person doesn't learn to eat right - well, it seems like that surgery is basically useless. What a waste.

  4. Exactly, Meg. If the surgery can be defeated, then why bother?

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