I posted this on Obesity Help this morning, after seeing many many posts regarding the entire "My weight loss surgery procedure is better than yours" saga drag on and on. Frankly, I do not understand it at all. Why do any of us feel the need to promote our surgery, the fact that we "needed" it or - that it's the "best"? It's unsettling, to say the least, that any of us feel like we should sell this entire WLS as a lifestyle to CRAVE.
I could care less who's surgery is so much wicked cooler than mine.
It all sucks.
It sucks that all of us "had to" resort to re-arranged guts to lose weight to begin with.
Why, oh why, are we trying to "sell" our surgeries to other people anyway?
What good does it do to promote and sell a surgical procedure to someone else?
I don't see anyone out there trying to get you to "Get that colostomy bag, it's so much cooler than your normal crapper!"
Why does anyone feel the urge to promote this method of weight loss to anyone else unless they are:
A) a bariatric surgeon or working for one
B) truly gaining something from the process
What are you gaining from telling the world that your surgery is super? More WLS peers, or what? Why does it matter? What about the negatives? All surgeries for weight loss have negative consequences among the obvious positives, but why do we have to make them sound so GREAT?
Should we (as WLS'ers ourselves) be selling bariatrics here - or just supporting those who have "had to" to go through this "last resort" surgery? Isn't WLS about "savin' lives" - and not so much about what you can eat and how skinny you can be? Isn't it not 'posed to be about vanity?