ABC News: Woman loses 300 lbs old fashioned way
Posted on 06/12/2011 by Yvonne McCarthy / 11 Comments / Leave a Comment »
I saw this story about a woman who lost 300 pounds the “old fashioned way”.
While there are many applauding her success, there are just as many that need to understand how much more there is to this story. First of all having weight loss surgery is not the easy way out or you wouldn’t have anyone regaining after surgery. Every single person that has had the surgery would have the perfect outcome and it would be the magic pill.
What no one is saying are the statistics for someone who has lost this much weight on their own. Less than 5% of all people that lose this much weight have regained it all plus more within five years. When her body starts to rebel and she starts to have problems, I hope her support group will be there for her because long after the ABC cameras have left, this is when the reality of this process will set in. I have seen it personally several times. A few years ago I met a man that lost 200 pounds THREE TIMES! For the life of me I cannot imagine the strength it required to accomplish that feat. After meeting so many people through the weight loss surgery community, there are many of these stories. I personally have gained and lost hundreds of pounds, hundreds of times.
She’ll get her fifteen minutes of fame and she’ll be feeling “all successful” and then the pounds start creeping back on because the weight loss was only a band-aid for the root problem and this poor woman will have to not only go back to a normal existence but an existence where she has a 95% chance of failing. My heart breaks for her and I desperately hope she’s part of that 5% that makes it.
ABC does a major injustice to this lovely woman because they won’t care about her when she starts to struggle and of course they had to add “no surgery, no gimmicks”. That would imply that my 130 pound weight loss was a gimmick, or fake weight loss, or I cheated somehow. It really shouldn’t matter how I went from 260 pounds to 130 pounds and kept it off for ten years as long as I am healthy. I am healthier than I’ve ever been in my entire life. There are hundreds of thousands of post-ops just like me and you rarely hear our stories being told on Good Morning America or People Magazine‘s feature about women that have lost half their weight.
That’s why we blog. That’s why we tell out stories on websites, You Tube or wherever we can. Some day the mainstream media will figure it out. It’s good that I’m patient because I guess I don’t have a choice….
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