You Might Be Unaware Of Dark Side Of Surgery For Weight Loss
For 28-year-old Brittany Hudson, the day she lay on the operating table for her Surgery For Weight Loss six years ago was at first a dream come true.
“I grew up in a very traditional religious home, where women’s roles are pretty defined. So a lot of the value was in ‘How thin could you be? How beautiful are you?” Hudson told Vocativ. “I thought thinness equated happiness.” At her largest, she was 215 pounds.By most measures, her procedure — also called bariatric Surgery For Weight Loss — was a success. But while she dropped 80 pounds in a year, she was unprepared for the mental nightmare that followed. For years, she battled depression and an eating disorder, binging and throwing up the little food she could swallow down and isolating herself from her friends. Ultimately, it would take six weeks at a rehabilitation clinic in 2012 and several years in therapy before she found lasting relief. And it wasn’t until March last year that she had a firm handle on avoiding the vomiting and pain completely, she said.
As bariatric Weight Loss Surgeries like Hudson’s have become safer and less invasive, they’ve steadily become more popular in the United States. While, today, surgery is typically only recommended (and covered by insurance) for extremely obese or unhealthy patients, some surgeons hope to see it even more common among younger and less heavy people — especially as U.S. obesity rates rise. For all its upsides, though, there are former patients like Hudson, as well as those in the medical field, who think there is a troubling lack of focus on its mental health consequences.