The Importance of Support
The changes in your diet and lifestyle after weight loss surgery will last a lifetime. And you'll have a greater chance of long-term success if you surround yourself with people who understand and support your goals.
Things you can do:
- Help your friends and family members understand why you've chosen a surgical weight loss solution. Many people are under the impression that weight loss surgery is an experimental obesity treatment rather than one with more than 40 years of history. Direct them to this website for more information. It's important they understand that morbid obesity is a disease and that diets don't work for you.
- People who are morbidly obese often report that their spouses, or others close to them, seem to discourage weight loss. These people see your weight as part of your identity. Understand that this is a fear of change. Discuss your reasons for having weight loss surgery. They need to know your health is at stake and you will be counting on them to help you during and after weight loss surgery.
- Attend support groups in your area or visit them online. Your surgeon's office will help you here. Surround yourself with people who share your situation. Ask questions and receive answers in a supportive environment. Form a network to share recipes and exercise tips. It's important for you to know you are not alone. There are knowledgeable, friendly people available to support and help you.
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