On March 24, 2010, in Uncategorized, by Andrea

I’m sitting here, trying not to shake while reading an article on the ‘net.  Because if I start to shake and give way to how I’m truly feeling, the kids will figure it out and then I have to explain utter hatred for our fellow man.  And I just don’t know how to put that into words that an almost 4 year old and 2 year old can understand.

This all comes from an article on CNN about a 14-year old getting weight loss surgery.  Now, I have VERY mixed feelings about children getting the surgery at all.  The idea of it just squicks me out in a couple of different levels.  From what I understand, it was the VSG, which is not a malabsorptive procedure (which, admittedly, makes me feel a whole bunch better).  Cause let’s face it — I have seen a ton of ADULTS that cannot seem to grasp the importance of proper vitamin supplementation post-malabsorptive procedures, much less a child.

And while this post could be about that?  It’s not.

It’s about the hatred towards this CHILD that is in the comments section about the story.

So all in one article, we have the judgement of this girl — and let’s not forget, she’s 14 people — for being fat, lazy, stupid, and now for having a life-saving operation that has let her lose 45-lbs in one month.


Gotta love that fat hatred is not only openly allowed, but even still encouraged among the masses.

So here we go.  Let’s discuss the “Easy Way Out” discussion for those of you who are not WLSers.

I had Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass in August of ’04.  My high weight was 320lbs or so, and today I’m at 189.  I’ve had two kids during that.  Because of the surgery, my metabolism is fucked — I can and will gain weight at 1200-1500 calories if they are the wrong type of calories (ie carbs) even though I burn close to 2500 calories each day.  I take a TON of vitamin supplements every day just to deal with the malabsorption of micronutrients my surgery has given me.  And because the doctors didn’t know any better, I’ve had rickets, very severe anemia that I will have to fight for years to come, and am damned lucky I’ve not had permanent neurological deficits like many have had.  I get to drink protein supplements, watch my food ratios like a hawk.  I have reactive hypoglycemia and a form of low blood pressure called Neurocardiogenic shock that tends to hit me when I get an IV or when I get my occipital blocks.  I get blood draws, on average of every 3 months, and my 6 month draws are 15-17 vials each.  I have severe issues digesting vegetables and many fruits — many get stuck in what’s known as my stoma — the entrance between my pouch and my intestines.  I’ve had ulcers at least once, and am currently dealing with unexplained abdominal pain that we are assuming are ulcers in the remnant — but we don’t know as we have to get a special scope to see inside it.  I’ve had one additional surgery since my original surgery.  I’ve had 3 endoscopes.

It is only easy in that once I had the surgery, I couldn’t back out.  I WOULD lose weight just by blinking my eyes.

However, I’ve lost 130lbs, and am continuing to lose today, 5 years out.

Is it easy?  Maybe.  But it is a bitch to live with every day.

Have a question?  Ask it.  I’m an open book.

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3 Responses to “Judgement.”

  1. Penney says:

    I agree…my head nearly explodes when I hear someone call surgery the easy way out. Sure, I thought about food all the time before, but that hasn’t changed. We can no longer just eat “whatever”, we’ve had to train ourselves…and sometimes the consequences are a total bitch. Like the afternoon I spent curled up in a ball in bed after my first attempt at soft serve ice cream. Fail. And the vitamins, and labs, and counting protein grams, and having to find a digestible protein when all you want is a lousy cracker. As for fat people being lazy, that is not strictly a fat trait. I know plenty of worthless lazy skinny people. Don’t these assfaces realize how hard it is to move at 400+ pounds? She couldn’t exercise effectively if she tried. I am willing to bet that none of these comments came from anyone in the WLS community. I am still the same person I was before surgery, just healthier. But people do treat me differently. It’s a shame.

  2. Andrea says:

    @Penney — I really hope this poor girl was not reading these comments by these “people.” If she were, I cannot imagine the heartache she would be feeling now.

  3. rny_alison says:

    There is a epidemic of childhood obesity, even obesity among 6-month old babies. How is being obese a choice for these children and babies?

    I highly recommend this video by Dr. Robert Lustig, obesity endocrinologist:


    Sugar: The Bitter Truth

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