Friday, October 2, 2009


A friend of mine had gastric bypass surgery several months ago. Prior to the surgery, she was, to use the clinical term, morbidly obese. She tried all the usual weight-loss routes – special diets, pills, programs – without success. She was diagnosed with type II diabetes, hypertension, and a host of other ailments (including suffering a fractured tibia – her leg couldn’t support her weight).

Since the surgery, she has lost more than 100 pounds. Her diabetes and hypertension have resolved, and aside from the loss of much of her hair, she feels great.

She used to be very self conscious. Despite the push for eduction on obesity, 99.99% of people who are obese know they are fat (especially if they are women). She tried very hard never to be seen eating in front of others, because she was afraid that they judged her with every bite she put in her mouth. When she did go out to eat, she said that she planned the excursion in detail prior to leaving the house. She always ensured that wherever she went has tables and no booths – because she knew she could not fit into a booth and wanted to avoid the embarrassment of having to explain should a host attempt to seat her in one.

For the first time in her life, she bought a pair of jeans last week. They never fit her right before.

For the first time in her life, she rode carnival rides this weekend. She was too big to ride them before.

I never realized all the small things she worried about that I took for granted.

She feels so much better, and is much happier overall with her life.

I feel like I should wind this up with some powerful insight into weight and health, but really I just wanted her to know I am proud of her.

1 comment:

  1. I am not convinced that some obesity may be rooted in some sort of virus, infection or toxin.