I have been obese since i was 18 yrs old. In 2002 I lost 60 lbs in only 6mos on weight watchers. I was extremely insecure with myself. I thought I was too thin, because people made comments on a daily basis about my weight loss. No one ever let me forgot that I used to be a big girl. Well I kept the weight off for 2 yrs, got depressed and it all came back in about one year. Now that i think about it, i am kind of glad i gained the weight back, because i am sure i didnt lose it for weight reasons but superficial reasons. Since i have so many weight related illnesses, i have decided to do gastric bypass surgery.I want to extend my life, i am 32 yrs old and i would like to see 72. I am currently 233 lbs, and looking forward to that number decreasing. My surgeon got me to understand the surgery in the correct light. He said,"look at the surgery as a cure for you illnesses, and a great side effect just happens to be weight loss".