Join Date: Sep 2009
Bikes: Cannondale Adventure 400; 1983 Trek 620; Bilenky Ti Tourlite
I got tired of telling my patients, "You'd be better off if you lost some weight."
"I know it can be hard," I'd continue as I patted my thighs, acknowledging that I wasn't practicing what I was preaching.
I had see-sawed before, and always gained the weight back with interest, so at that point my goal was just to hold steady. I was also telling my patients that quick weight-loss supplements and medications didn't work (or didn't work safely), "because if they did, would I look like this?"
Then I started seeing outcomes data on weight-loss surgery. Not just the studies that show that people who had surgery lost weight, but ones that addressed the more important question: do people who have the surgery live longer than weight-matched peers who didn't have surgery? When the studies started saying that surgery helps keep you from dying early, I started scouting out local surgeons.