Getting ready for surgery requires work from doctors and the patient. Not everyone has access to good care.
After gastric bypass surgery, the author finds himself able to resist the temptation of fast food for the first time.
Having lost 55 pounds after gastric bypass surgery, the author finds himself looking for a new wardrobe.
Before gastric bypass, the author ate only sugary, starchy foods. Now, a spoonful of sweetness is too much for his body to bear, and consuming enough calories to live on is a challenge. An exploration of how a radical operation changes the way a person tastes and interacts with food.
After gastric bypass, the author realizes he spent daily life expecting to be shunned. Now he has to adjust.
When banal scenes like airplane seats become places of shame and dread, making a difficult choice. But not all the results to a drastic lifestyle change can be anticipated, and, once you've gone under the knife, there's no going back.
Avoiding laughter, giving up Smart Water (too sweet), and pureeing chicken--life after Gastric Bypass surgery is no picnic. Relearning how to do simple things like eat and laugh is a daily struggle, but little triumphs along the way--not to mention a little love and support--make it easier.
The story of a man's complicated relationship with food and the radical surgery he had to undergo. The bio-psycho-social model of obesity is something people who aren't obese don't spend much time thinking about. Here's a diary of the experience in near-real time -- with all of its emotional, psychological, and gastronomic effects.