Weight Loss Survey Responses
The following are Lisa H.'s responses to the Weight Loss Survey:
- Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.
- I have been overweight since I hit puperty at age 10. Prior to that I was normal. My average weight through high school was 165. I have been on every diet known to man. In 1979 they suggested the surgery and I told them no. I radically changed the way I ate, went on Atkins diet (but didn't drink enough water and ruined my kidneys) and lost 135 lbs. I have gained and lost two elephants and have tried every diet known. Unless I am on a very strick regime I loose nothing. I have lived me life with zest and vigor but being heavy is a very debilitating disorder within this society. People feel that they have a right to judge who you are by your size. And that it is OK to ridicule and make fun of you. I finally learned that if you look these people in the eye - THEY turn away and not me.
- What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?
- The inability to do the things that I want. And having husbands who loved me but tolerated my size. Invariably my weight became an issue in my marriage.
- How did you first find out about bariatric surgery and what were your initial impressions of it?
- I learned about it in 1976 and felt they did not have the process down yet. I also just was not in a place to say I couldn't beat this thing. But I have done everything I can outside of surgery and the weight is winning. I am tired of fighting and from all my current research it appears that they really understand what they are doing now and the success rate is very high.