Ask the Experts

Fall 2005

Volume One / Number Two

Q: Should I tell anyone that I had weight reduction surgery?

A: Some people have no qualms about telling everyone, some tell no one, and some tell only the people closest to them. Often it is helpful to have the concern, understanding and support of a spouse, close relative or good friend.

Q: My weight used to be a "protective shield" that keep people at a comfortable distance. What do I do now that I no longer have this defense?

A: It will take some getting used to. The attention you get is usually positive. Having planned, thought out answers to obvious questions helps. Buy new clothes that fit your new profile. It will help you feel good about yourself!

Q: I am afraid that I will substitute one addiction for another now that I no longer can use food as an emotional crutch. Am I at risk?

A: Not everyone is at risk. People report anecdotally that now that they have this tool, they no longer feel the need to binge, graze or otherwise overeat. You may no longer be depressed because you weight is no longer a factor. Your self esteem should naturally improve over time. A small number of people may be prone to substituting alcohol, gambling or shopping or other addictive behaviors for overeating. Be honest with yourself and get help if you need to. Individual counseling may be advisable in some cases!

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