Hi thanks for visiting my page! here is the short answer to your question: in Oct.2011 I had gastric bypass surgery after years of battling with my weight. Loss weight surgery (WLS) was the answer for my particular situation. Everyone is different and there are those here on SP that have lost weight w/o the aid of WLS (hats down to them and to those like me that have gone through surgery). We all have different tools and approaches to tackle the WL task. If you like to learn more about my WL journey don't hesitate to email me and I can share more. Good luck to you in your journey! Best wishes!