Melinda, who just had weight-loss surgery, identifies what she calls the blue zone and the red zone of the weight-loss surgery world.
On the one side are the people who truly believe with every bit of their being that WLS is bad and evil and unnecessary…They will call WLS mutilation and amputation and deformation, because it is the worst thing they can imagine anyone doing to themselves.
On the other side are the people who think that WLS is nothing short of a miracle, the answer to every medical problem ever associated with being obese.
People, I understand why Star Jones didn’t want to talk about it. Because it feels like an admission of failure. It feels likes saying you know what? This diet thing isn’t working, and I cannot do this any more. I can imagine that it might have felt like publicly calling yourself too fat, and too stupid to lose weight.
Kate Harding has also written about this issue recently:
Weight loss surgery doesn’t just make you thin; it makes you physically unable to eat large quantities of food and in most cases, much less able to digest fatty or sugary foods. So basically, it forces you onto exactly the kind of diet already recommended to control diabetes, high blood pressure, and cholesterol — the kind of diet that, absent WLS, might not make you much thinner, even if it makes you much healthier.
And of course, there’s plenty more pro and con WLS blog entries out there (most of them firmly in one of Melinda’s zones). So what do you think? Is WLS miraculous, evil, or somewhere in the middle? Are fat acceptance and weight-loss surgery mutually exclusive? And if not, how do you reconcile the two?
(Thanks to Melinda and Anne for writing about their WLS experiences with such honesty.)
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