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The Pain of Weight Loss

I emotionally eat. It was always my downfall, especially when compounded by sugar, salt, and sweets.

Unfortunately this aided my gaining weight after my truck accident years back.

I have always suffered a lot of pain from this accident, but it is increasing and I’m in need of surgery.

The big problem is that I am becoming opioid resistant-meaning that I have built up a tolerance to pain medications.

All the while, I began to transition to different eating habits thanks to my time filming the upcoming movie.

I don’t find myself turning to food to sooth my pain or give me that quick relief that fades in minutes. I’m slowly becoming less of an emotional eater.

So what does someone do when they have nowhere to turn to for an outlet?

I have heard this problem happening with weight loss surgery patients whom have yet find a different source to turn to…and usually gain back most their weight.

It is just so difficult because I am not looking to put on weight and would enjoy some weight loss. Especially before surgery.

I just refuse to do it by going on a diet. This time it really needs to be something that I can live with doing for the rest of my life.

After over 400 interviews, I finally feel like I have it figured out.

The good news is that I am recognizing that I am emotionally eating. I see that I am emotionally eating as my outlet for pain.

Most importantly, I know that I won’t go down that road.

Do Bariatric Surgery Patients Deserve Applause For Their Weight Loss?

Many people in my life have opted for weight loss surgery and are always applauded for their weight loss. But I question such praise; have they really taken control of their health into their own hands, or are they just another statistic in a life-altering surgery?

I mean if someone has a facelift, we tell them they look great, sometimes even better… but don’t congratulate them on choosing elective surgery.

Even so, the majority of the weight-loss patients gain it back.

Maybe there has to be some effort on their part. The one thing that bothers me is that when a relative of mine had it done, they had to go on a liquid based diet for two weeks before the surgery. If that’s the case, why not just change your eating habits if you have the will power to do that?

Sure they looked great after the surgery but there are some serious risks.

All of that aside, the real question is, what are they doing that deserves applause? They aren’t really changing their eating habits by choice. Their goal is obviously to lose weight, but at what cost? Why not just lock their jaw? Oh, that’s right… that has been tried before and didn’t work either.

Most celebrities who have had the surgery lie about it. Even the ones like Kirstie Alley or Mike Huckabee are accused of having the surgery and so far there, all lips remained sealed.

And then there are cases like Carnie Wilson, who has basically been a spokesmodel for Bariatric Surgery, shouting from the rooftops over their weight loss surgery.

…and she gained it back and starred on Celebrity Fit Club. We still have hope for Star Jones though, right?

Applause for the Star?

I ask you: Is the surgery worth the risks if you can gain it back like Carnie Wilson or many others?

It is always your choice… but there have to be other options.

Mandatory Weight Loss Surgery

They keep lowering the requirements for weight loss surgery. Amazingly, you don’t have to be that heavy to have it done.

People of all ages are going under the knife and it’s hitting the younger demographic by the day. Perhaps this will be the new fad like plastic surgery was in the nineties.

With the high cost of insurance and health care, maybe we should make it mandatory for everyone.

Though I have to ask myself at what cost.

There are certainly significant risks with the surgery, but this one seems to present a number of complications that can arise after the procedure.

I agree that there are a number of extremely obese people that might benefit from weight loss surgery, but I must ask…for how long?

Statistics are popping up that show a good number of people are stretching their stomachs and gaining it back.

So the success rate would really be considered not that great.

When used as a solution for teens, I fear that pre-teens and perhaps even toddlers will be put through it one day, especially if they have obesity running rampant in their family.

That is one thing that frustrates me the most; no one is trying to teach us to make better eating choices. We resort to a quick change to our slowly achieved failure.

On top of that, we keep filling the aisles with the worst food choices but best marketing commercials. I mean, when is the last time you saw cartoon characters dancing around an apple and celebrating? It really has to come down to decisions. Not just on what to eat buy why.

I found myself recognizing many times this week when I was going to eat out of emotion and habit. With the right efforts, I hope to see weight loss surgery as a thing of the past.

We are coming farther every day but everyone wants the quick fix. I hope I can show an unbiased look at all these issues in my movie, but I will not lie or change the facts as to what has happened to my own family and others.

My advice, try a weight group that can support you as you cannot do it on your own. There are plenty of good ones out there like O.A. and Weight Watchers. The decision is yours but just keep in mind that you still have to eat.

So hopefully in the future, the insurance companies will start paying to teach good eating habits and save a whole lot more money, and more importantly, our lives.

I would also like to dedicate this article to my Uncle Howard who died after weight loss surgery years ago.

 

Hope Is Reignited in the Battle Against Obesity

For those of you who don’t know, I had at one time lost over two hundred pounds. After a severe truck accident, I spent a good amount of years having surgeries and many painful procedures. And through the many courses of strong steroids and agony, I have started to make my way back.

This film has been my chance to heal myself and try to help others. I still suffer from obesity as many of the rest of you do and I hear your voices. Regaining the majority of my weight back, left me with the feeling of shame and little hope.

I have spent the last three years of my life on the road across many states in this country. Continually, I have been struggling to look for the answer that has taken many unnecessary lives and most of my family and friends. Obesity is the never-ending plague that we all must fight against.

What I have found is that there is hope. Many of the great people we have talked to have been so very helpful.

Names ranging from Dr. Michael Roizen to Jillian Michaels and over a hundred of other experts, authors, and celebrities have been so fourth coming.

I would like to extend my warmest regard to all of you for the great support while making this historic film.

Even as I struggle through my pain and move forward in my battle against this dreaded plague of obesity, I know I could never have done it without all of your support.

With all of that said, I encourage you to check out our big announcement and blog Monday. It will be one of the greatest additions and interviews I have done.  Please stay tuned for Monday as the best is truly yet to come.

 

WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY FOR TODDLERS

First, weight loss surgery was for morbidly obese adults.

Next, the strict rules bended in order to accommodate those struggling with a moderate amount of weight to take off.

Now, we witness the first-ever, pre-pubescent teenager at age twelve having weight loss surgery.

Most experts agree that childhood obesity is genetic and such children carry a high probability of becoming obese just like their parents and carrying on unhealthy lifestyles.

So why not cut the “obese middle-man” out and have the little ones go straight to surgery? Perhaps at the ages of three or four. They wouldn’t really notice all of the pain and side effects that come with the procedure…

Right?

But with this “kidobesity surgery”, wouldn’t their future unhealthy lifestyles still be inevitable? Let alone the years of physical and psychological damage the toddlers would do to their body and minds before they were completely developed.

As an adult, having weight loss surgery seems scary and a very chancy procedure.

If I had weight loss surgery done when I was too young to remember, I think I would have grown up without a choice to live by a different set of rules. A healthier set of rules. Rules that may not have helped aid me to become obese.

Maybe I am wrong. Or maybe this “kidobesity surgery” will soon be on the market.

I would love for some of you to honestly weigh in with your opinions on this “kidobesity surgery”.