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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.


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?

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Clearly there's a LOT to consider.

(Yes, you guessed it; more to come.)
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    So, I'd love to hear what IS the cure?
    1203 days ago
    It is definitely a tool! When I go to my nutrition classes and support groups they call it "Your Tool" and teach you how to use your tool correctly.
    I've heard of people with eating disorders or food addictions who develop other addictions after WLS, becoming alcoholics, etc. If we don't deal with the heart of the problem it will manifest in other ways.
    It's a great tool, but you're right, our heads have to be in the right place in order to use the tool effectively.
    Keep up the great research. There are great support groups on Spark to help with emotional eating issues. I couldn't do it without them!
    1203 days ago
  • DSJB9999
    That is THE MAIN REASON that I would NEVER have the weight loss surgery (that and I'd be too chicken scared) but its the emotional issues that drive me to eat, I don't know when I am full so not sure if having a smaller tum would help me.

    Glad you are thinking this out totally so you make the right decision.

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    1203 days ago
    That is one of the tough parts it seems to me. On TV I saw a show where the doctor expected his patients to lose some weight on their own to prove that they knew how to eat right & handle their emotions or he wouldn't do the surgery. I personally wondered....So if the person is compliant with eating the right food and doesn't eat emotionally and just lost 30-50 pounds for the doctor, then why do they need the surgery? I guess a smaller stomach capacity by one method or another reduces the physical urge to eat and physical ability to take in food. Also, you talked about the part they remove contains the source of the hunger hormones...something like that.
    So the surgery physically diminish the eating desire and capacity for anything more than a small volume of food and thus support the patient in their desire to reduce.

    1203 days ago
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