I watched ABC's 20/20 on Friday night as I typically do, and I was half-inspired, refreshed to push forward in my own journey as I continue to press on nearing nine years post gastric bypass surgery and ever so slightly PISSED OFF. Why? Read that cover again. "No SURGERY - No GIMMICKS!"
People Magazine does this every year, much to the chagrin to every surgically altered bariatric patient in the blog-o-sphere. ABC. People Magazine. The show and the magazine, both -- FULL OF GIMMICKS, and quite possibly more than one surgery. "No SURGERY - No GIMMICKS!"
Except when they're touting Beachbody, "lost the weight Atkins" AND a gastric bypass?
Why is it celebrated to Lose Weight With Diet Plans like "Beachbody, Visalus and Atkins" (All three were referred to in the program to at one point in the program ... were they sponsors? Hello, RUBY GETTINGER IS HAWKING the 90-DAY VISALUS CHALLENGE?!?!) but life-saving bariatric
surgery or weight loss surgery --- is shunned in the same category? Diets fail. That's why they are so lucrative! You go ON a diet so that you can fail a diet so that you can get on a diet so that you can fail a diet so you can go on a diet. This is how people become morbidly obese and meet bariatric surgeons.
(Image from Roni's Weigh)
I get it. Diet companies pay to be on the show and in the magazine.
However, those living with morbid obesity also need to see the opportunity for success, and showing them the success of those who have succeeded with bariatric surgery is not something to be ashamed of. Clearly SHAME made the woman in the article hide.
It's time to stop calling weight loss surgery a quick-fix, a gimmick or a cheat and give it the respect and attention it deserves. The individuals who most benefit from having a bariatric procedure can be exposed to it's benefits instead of a constant barrage of useless diet advertisements.
WLS is the ONLY "diet" that has allowed myself, my husband, my mother in law and my sister in law to live within normal weight ranges for the last 7-9 years. What say you about your diet?
I know it's not required, you don't have to post back, "You don't have to explain yourself." I know that people will misunderstand me, or things I post, at any point. This is part of blogging. It happens, boo-hoo. It's also what happens more often than not with me, because I display a different view on many subjects about the post weight loss surgery life.
"How could you//OMGWHATDOYOUMEANYOUDON'TDOTHAT/what do you mean eat a half-sandwich?"
I'm used to being different. I know that if changed my opinions to that of the bariatric majority <hack, hurl, gag!> I would be more mainstream and likely more "successful." (Whatever that means, because you keep asking me to Do Just That, "just change your opinions and be more positive.")
This is the reason why I am dumping the cupcake (pun absolutely intended) as part the Bariatric Bad Girls' logo. I am in full understanding that we, as a group, cannot be taken seriously by a good part of the bariatric community if people are taking it LITERALLY. (As in, totally literally, as if I were FORCE FEEDING THE WOMENS A CUPCAKE ON THE INTERNET.)