Never something to be taken lightly, losing weight is a struggle that most will have to encounter in their lives. For some, it becomes too much of a burden to start thinking about the work that has to be done, in order for people to look like they used to. In the past decade, surgeries were started to be done that could greatly change the lives of those suffering from obesity. At first, the gastric bypass was all the rage, I knew many people that had it done and it was rare that I saw someone that didn’t look and feel a million times better after the procedure was over. The most drastic case of weight loss surgery improving a life was one that I saw firsthand, as this was an old teacher of mine. I’m not going to disclose the name of the person but she was about 500lbs and looked to be in a state of constant pain.
To see her walk across the classroom was hard to watch and the students were seriously worried about her condition. The obesity of this teacher wasn’t a new phase, she had been overweight for many years, long before I was ever in her class. As graduation came and went, I rarely thought back on my days in that classroom, only being hopeful that this teacher could find her way back to a healthier condition. Flashing forward about two years later and I am back in my hometown, slugging through a crowd of shoppers filling their grocery baskets. After I had spent all of the time in the store that I could, I made a beeline for the checkout lanes, eager to get everything bagged so that I could get home. All of the sudden, I heard someone say my name (the worst thing to happen to me in public), I whipped around and wasn’t immediately sure who I was looking at.
As it turns out, the same teacher was now much skinnier and had greeted me, only to see a stunned reaction that I tried my best to hide. Feeling embarrassed that it took so long to recognize who I was speaking to, I started to feel my face getting red. What I was now seeing was the same overweight teacher, who had now dropped what had to be about 250 lbs, she looked so much happier. That got me thinking, the weight loss surgery did work, but how would it take off in the future, as this was about ten years ago. You don’t need to look around much to know that weight loss surgeries have now bloomed, as people were able to see how relatively safe they were. Any procedure like the ones that I am talking about can carry their own risks, so be sure that you know everything you can before actually having one of these procedures done. The most popular would have to be the gastric bypass surgery, the one where your stomach size is reduced greatly, therefore enabling you to become full much quicker. I’ve heard tales of people not being prepared for how much smaller their stomach got, only to have to pull over and vomit because they had overstuffed themselves, due to relying on their old eating habits. With countless new and increasingly innovative surgical procedures to lose weight, for those who simply can’t do it the old-fashioned way, we strive closer to the perfect weight loss method every week.