Weight Loss: The Ultimate Revenge?
This story is popular on the interwebs: A woman in Dallas lost more than 100 pounds from weight loss surgery and dumped her boyfriend because he was jealous of her success. Somehow, an impressive story about weight loss turned into a lesson on how to get a revenge body.
The revenge angle is misleading: Christine Carter was with her boyfriend when started losing weight in 2014, and dumped him over a year later. She lost weight for reasons of her own, not to get back at her ex.
As a WLS patient, Strutter experienced this first-hand. It's a decision you make for yourself. During the weight loss experience, changes are more than physical. Some friends
can't handle the new person in front of them, and devalue your progress like Chase's ex-boyfriend. These friends behaved this way in the past. Now that you are healthier you notice it, but no longer tolerate it. It's OK to unfriend unsupportive people. Chase didn't rely on the operation alone for her weight loss. Many think WLS is an "easy way out." Nothing is further from the truth. Weight gain occurs in WLS patients when old habits return. Chase caught herself and got back on her program, an act which should be celebrated.
Can we stop the fallacy of obtaining a revenge body as a mark of success. It wasn't the reason for Chase, and shouldn't be a goal for anyone else.