• BMI 43.7

Obesity & Me

Describe your behavioral and emotional battle with weight control before learning about bariatric surgery.

I have been overweight all of my life, as far back as I can remember. I can remember being 3 years old and this voice is still in my memory that said "How old are you?", my reply "3". "You are such a pretty little girl, but your just so fat". I have never forgotten those words and I was only 3. I never forget being teased by my family and kids at school. People looking at you strange and the whispers (Oh MY!!!). So needless to say, I had "no self-esteem". It couldn't be low, because I had NONE.

What was (is) the worst thing about being overweight?

The looks, the stares and whispers you get. Not being able to go places that others go, and let's not mention the ride on an airplane. Not being able to walk far without being out of breath. The bad feelings you have about yourself which produces an inability to love yourself.

If you have had weight loss surgery already, what things do you most enjoy doing now that you weren't able to do before?

I can walk without being out of breath!!!! I can take the stairs. I took a trip on an airplane recently and was only sitting in MY seat and could pull down the lap table in front of me!! I like to go places now and dress up real cute, and feel cute. I haven't reached my ultimate desire of weight loss, but I have come a long way.

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