Over the last few months there have been a few articles about weight loss surgery, and I keep reading comments about surgery being “an easy way out” and that they should try “insert diet here” or “ stop being lazy”.
As someone who has worked on and off in this area for the past 7 years I find these comments really frustrating, and I know clients often feel disappointed when people they know have this type of negative reaction, rather than finding out more information about the surgery and supporting them in their choice to improve their health in this way.
So with this in mind I thought I would pop down a few of the things those undergoing bariatric surgery have to go through and why it isn’t “the easy way out”.
Now that may all seem a little bleak, BUT, I have seen many peoples lives changed for the better because of surgery supported weight loss, and these were people who had tried all sorts of different weight loss methods for years. Why it was successful has so many different factors both related to the surgery itself, but also related to the person having surgery.
I have also seen real struggles and major problems post surgery. It is not the easy way out by any means and comes with real risks (short and long term). This is why surgery is not for everyone, and I think anyone considering this option needs to go in with their eyes wide open to the reality of it, be in a good psychological space, know that it is only a tool and not a quick fix, and be prepared to put themselves first on this journey.
So, if you know someone who is thinking about surgery, or had surgery. Be kind to them, their journey is their choice, and having a supportive group around them will aid in their success.