No, she didn’t have the surgery. Might be nice – she might have a better understanding of those of us who can’t do it with her and Bob Greene.
Yesterday the Oprah Show had as guests a number of teens who had undergone bariatric surgery – both by-pass and lap-band. The focus was on the teens and what they had gone through while they were overweight. The teasing, the bullying.
She discussed the differences in the surgeries. She had Dr Oz and a number of other physicians on as well as 4 teens who have had different experiences. They talked about the different kinds of programs available. Some, like the one at Univ of Mass Medical Center in Worcester, MA, take time to evaluate each patient in terms of their probability to succeed long term with weight loss. Others just take all comers.
The point was made that if you don’t figure out why you gained all the weight in the first place, just limiting the size of your stomach won’t solve the problem. That’s why some people who lose a lot of weight with bariatric surgery eventually regain it. I don’t plan to be in that group. Others seem to exchange an addiction to food for another addiction – alcohol, drugs, sex, spending. I don’t plan to be in that group, either. Of course, Oprah had to showcase a teen girl who had gone from food to alcohol to emphasize the point.
I was a bit disturbed by the show’s decision to close by introducing a teen who had lost a lot of weight without surgery – “all on her own, without surgical intervention.” She talked about how she had always been a fat kid and eaten anything she wanted whenever she wanted. Then she realized that what she ate impacted how she looked, so she read books and went online to research how to eat better. She went to her local gym – just a small one nearby – and the combination of proper eating and exercise was her ticket to a thinner, better self.
While I’m happy for her, it seemed like a slap in the face of the other teens who had agreed to discuss their decision to have surgery. “You guys are losers who couldn’t help yourself like this shining example of what’s right with our children.” No, they didn’t say that! But it was the impression that was left. Start the show with the folks who couldn’t help themselves, then close with the one who did it in the great American way – with grit and determination on her own.
Well, Oprah, I’m not a teen and I know how I gained too much weight. So I’m going to proceed with the plans for lap-band surgery. I need an assist and I’m not too proud to admit it.
By the way, Mitt Romney is still batting 1000. Yep – got another call from his campaign today, this one from Danny Ainge (Boston Celtics former player & currently in their management). That will really change my mind – NOT!! Hopefully Mitt will leave me alone after the Mass primary today. I’m starting to feel like I’m being stalked by Mitt. Oh – got a call today from the Obama campaign, too. It’s their first and hopefully their last. I can’t wait until January – no more political ads!
The Super Tuesday primaries are a lousy way to celebrate Fat Tuesday – that’s Mardi Gras to most of you. It’s early this year, it seems. That means Easter will be early, too. No fun for those who want to get all gussied up in their spring finery. I remember some pretty cold Easters as a kid.
You know what I wish this country would give up for Lent? Politics/politicians! That way we’d have a 40 day respite, at least.