WLS is only a tool
Thursday, January 07, 2016
I've blogged a bit about the different weight loss surgery options, and some of their pros and cons. Really, I just scratched the surface. There's so much info out there. I spent almost all my free time for months reading about it and talking to people about their experiences. And I've only talked about the surgery options so far.
*** WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY IS NOT A CURE ***
One thing I keep hearing over and over again is: weight loss surgery is only a tool. It is not a cure. Weight loss surgery will not cure anyone of the emotional reasons for eating. They operate on your stomach, not your head.
If you eat for emotional reasons, you will still have those same emotional reasons after the surgery.
To me, that was the biggest reasons not to have the surgery. It wasn't fear of complications of an operation that gave me pause. It was the fear of losing weight and gaining it all back, or of being the only human to not lose any weight after WLS. And dreading the shame.
I've been unable to overcome the emotional issues that have driven me to over eat, for my entire life. How could I possibly hope to beat this thing by just having a chunk of my stomach removed?
Clearly there's a LOT to consider.
(Yes, you guessed it; more to come.)