I am a member of several groups that are predominately women and guess what topic is always hot?
If you said weight loss you are 100% correct. This is followed by clothes, make-up, and who is being a bitch.
I tell ya that topic of having weight loss surgery comes up frequently and the prevalent reason that they want this surgery is to be thinner. They want to lose weight. I get that who doesn’t?
I want to lose weight. Hell I’m probably more than a 100 pounds over weight but you’ll never hear me utter the words “Should I get weight loss surgery.” I can’t do it folks. Unless I am actually dying and my life depended on it leave my organs alone! I will continue on this road of slowly losing the weight. Thank you hypothyroidism!
So tell me something… Is it wrong that whenever I read about or hear someone ask if they should get weight loss surgery my first response is to try and talk them out of it? Just because it is not the right decision for me doesn’t mean that it won’t work out for someone else. My fears and dislike of unnecessary surgery is not a reflection on how other people view weight loss surgery. Likewise my definition of unnecessary may not be the same as someone else. Yet I get this sad feeling inside when I hear people talk about getting weight loss surgeries because they hate their bodies. I understand the struggle of being overweight. I understand that losing weight is difficult on various levels person to person. Yet I want to encourage people to not do it. Weight loss surgery is scary and unless it is absolutely necessary to continue living count me out.
Yes I am overweight. No need to tell me I have a mirror. I feel it when I move around. As of right now, knocking on all of the wood, I have no major health issues. I have hypothyroidism which I take medication for and fighting/recovering from depression and anxiety. My blood pressure is normal. I don’t have diabetes. My quality of life is pretty darn good. I can move even though sometimes my back hurts but it is not enough for me to consider weight loss surgery.
There was one point that it briefly crossed my mind because people have brought it up to me in the past. I went for an information session and by the end of it the deal was sealed. No way. Not happening. The instructor mentioned that there was a 3% chance of death and that was it for me. My aunt came with me and told me that I could walk outside and get hit by a bus. While that may be true it is not the same thing as consciously deciding to have weight loss surgery knowing that you could die.
I don’t remember how in depth the guy went with the complications but here is what I found on the page Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery Risks & Benefits
Here is a list of the benefits:
- smaller incision
- fewer wound complications
- reduced hospital stay
- shorter recovery period
- less pain
- decreased need for pain medication
Here is a screenshot of the risks and complications:
This is a bit lopsided no? I have none of these issues. Why would I want to have an elective surgery that will likely cause any of these complications? I will also admit that I am afraid of death and just seeing that word among all the risks and complications is an immediate turn off. The following quote is only some of what I read on the devastating death statistics on weight loss surgery.
“American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, which represents the most optimistic picture, indicates that two to five out of every thousand individuals die within a month of gastric bypass, the most commonly conducted surgery. Reported results are likely to be deceptively low: One investigative report found that deaths directly attributed to gastric bypass surgery were recorded as deaths from other causes, resulting in many never being accounted for.” Bacon, Health at Every Size, p. 62
NO NO JUST NO! All for what? It is just no where near convincing me to damage a perfectly good functioning organ just because I am pushin some extra cushion! To look thinner because society says I am too fat! Being thinner may be other peoples ideal for everyone but that isn’t going to change how you feel as a person.
“Patients are complimented on their weight loss after surgery. The increased social approval makes them unlikely to admit the painful side effects publicly or acknowledge that the quality of their lives is far worse.” Bacon, Health at Every Size, p. 65
Instead of trying to just fix obesity why don’t we also fix the idea that ANYONE has ANY right to treat you differently because you don’t fit the cookie cutter ideal of what a human should look like?? I shouldn’t be made to feel I can’t have a life until I am thin. That I can’t be happy until I am thin. Have people question why am I happy because I am fat. Live and let live! Yes I am fat and yes I am happy. Would I like to be a bit thinner so my back don’t hurt? Sure but weight loss surgery just isn’t an option.
That’s just my opinion anyway.
Lose hate not weight!