I do a lot of health care marketing photography. It's becoming something of a specialty for me. Surgical weight loss, or bariatric surgery, or gastric bypass, or whatever you call it... it's a booming phenomenon. Here's a stunningly beautiful lady I met today holding the pants she used to wear.
I've met... ohhhh... let's say, 30 or 40 people who have had the procedure and boy howdy, do they have some fascinating stories. Most of them carry around a photo of themselves when they weighed 100 or 200 pounds more and it never ceases to freak me out when I see these people alongside their "before" photo. Many people will argue that it's crazy to undergo elective surgery to lose weight... the risk of infection and death is always there. I'd really, really like to lose 15 or 20 pounds... for the last 5 years I've wanted to lose that 15 pounds. If it's that difficult for me to lose 15 pounds, what would I feel like if I needed to lose 10 times that much weight? Being morbidly obese isn't a cosmetic problem. It will kill you more surely than the surgery will. The patients bristle when people call it "an easy way out". It's a difficult experience to go under the knife, have your guts re-arranged and then deal with the grossly unpleasant gastric effects that come later. But the one phrase I hear over and over is... "I have my life back... I have a life now".