Obesity Surgery: Stories of Altered Lives by Marta Meana

By Marta Meana

The dazzling and unpredictable tale of the non-public and social after-effects of quick and dramatic weightloss. utilizing in-depth, first individual money owed of 33 women and men who underwent weight reduction surgical procedure, this publication elaborates at the complexities of eventually getting what you wanted for – the nice, the undesirable, and the utterly unforeseen.
• unexpectedly being handled good by way of formerly dismissive strangers is embraced by way of a few, but it angers others who query a kindness reserved just for the non-obese.
• consciousness from the other intercourse is either flattering and frightening, as many have little event facing such advances.
• Marriages and relationships are rocked for greater and for worse, as jealousy, lack of confidence and moving roles jolt formerly good dynamics.
• the entire adjustments impress a re-examination of who one is and what one values.
this can be the tale of ways dramatic weight-loss can lead to own development, with all of its attendant joys and painful demanding situations. we are living in a tradition thinking about actual make-overs, yet nobody talks approximately their mental outcomes. wasting loads of weight could be the main severe make-over of all. It leaves humans emotionally replaced. those alterations are the guts of our publication. The attention-grabbing narratives comprise vital classes for people contemplating or having had the surgical procedure and in case you attempt to aid them. the fabric might be of private value to the lay-person however it can be a consultant for well-being prone within the layout of pre- and post-operative help interventions. At a extra easy point, it really is easily a narrative of the way eventually getting what you’ve constantly wanted for may be even more advanced affair than you ever imagined.

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I had this surgery because I was beginning to think like a fat person, and it scared the hell out of me. I didn’t want to go to church because I couldn’t find anything to wear that looked good. I was finding myself not going out as often because it was too much effort. And that’s what scared me into having this surgery, because the minute I felt like my physiological obesity became psychological obesity, I was done for. Given the level of preoperative depression and unhappiness many of our interviewees reported, it is not surprising that some of them wanted to die.

I would have terrible headaches. indd 32 1/9/08 11:24:31 AM Taking the Leap 33 I would go up a flight of stairs, and by the time I got there I would be out of breath. In these and other cases, surgery seemed to be the only option. The alternative was becoming increasingly disabled and potentially letting themselves die. That was their point of desperation: surgery or extreme disability with the possibility of death. To some, the threat of a premature death felt imminent—something that could happen any minute.

These are simply some of the many consequences of extreme obesity and some of the details that drove our interviewees over the edge from inaction to the decision to have surgery. Driving, flying, and going to restaurants, movie theaters, and amusement parks had become increasingly complicated, if not impossible, ventures often wrought with feelings of humiliation. The “safe” world was quickly shrinking. Every venture out of the house held the potential of technical obstacles and, more painfully, embarrassment and heartache.

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