Everyone Needs Support
No man is an island, so goes the old saying, and its meaning is clear – we can’t do it alone. Anything. We can’t learn without the benefits of another’s wisdom. We cannot love or reproduce without the presence of a partner. We cannot push a boulder up a hill by ourselves, and we can’t lose weight alone, either.
While you may have been afraid of telling friends and family about your Slimband procedure, it’s important you eventually bring those you care about ‘into the loop’ as they say.
A good way to broach the subject might be to talk about the benefits of bariatric surgery. You don’t have to approach the subject defensively, or be afraid of being judged by others. Some may consider weight loss surgery a cosmetic issue, but for most patients the motivation to lose weight is a medical necessity.
You can also bring up the subject of gastric banding by discussing your emotional wellbeing. It’s far from secret that being overweight can have an extremely negative effect on body image and self-esteem. By having the Slimband procedure, you’re well on the way to developing a happier, healthier life. Discuss the emotional benefits of your surgery with those you care about.
Finally, don’t feel obligated to spread the news far and wide. You don’t have to tell every coworker or acquaintance. Many of our patients feel most comfortable sharing with very close friends and loved ones, or supervisors at work, especially when surgery has an effect on work performance.
Indeed, no one is an island. We need each other. Use the support of friends and family to strengthen your resolve to lose weight. There’s no need to be afraid of telling them about your weight loss surgery anymore.