Originally Posted by cloudatlas
It's strange to see something that is a compulsion being described as a disease.
10-15 years ago it may have been, but studies have come on a bit since then.
For what it's worth, I've a higher BMI than the AMA guest, and although I don't think I wholly subscribe to the "it's all a disease and beyond your control" approach, I do understand and agree with a lot of the argument in favour of that.
For me personally, and this is where I'd like to put a question towards the AMA guest, I would characterise myself as having a sugar addiction of sorts, coupled with an ability to never
I can sit down to a massive takeaway, and although it may start to be uncomfortable, I will manage to eat it all, or of i do have to stop, within 15 minutes, I'll be back eating the remainder again.
I'd often have been in restaurants with people, and we'd order similar/same things, and everyone else would be busted after the dinner, some not finishing, whereas I'd be thinking "will i look bad if i get two desserts.. pretending i want to just see what they're like".
I've an insatiable appetite.
Did you, AMA Guest, have any of these issues at all? From reading your posts here, and I'm not trying to be a smartass or anything, it seems like you didn't really eat all that much (you mention going 24hours without food, and then the food you mention is mashed spuds and stuff, which on the surface of it, doesn't sound like the kinda diet that would leave you overweight, unless the portions were just huge?)
Also, I've lost significant weight before (for short periods), and gained it back (and more). Have you been through these cycles much, and did the people you were talking to about the surgery comment at all on these things?
Also, you mention loose skin not being a big issue - can I ask what weight/height you were, and your age? From looking online, joining facebook groups, etc. it seems a lot of the people that eventually cave and go for the surgery are nearing 50 by the time they've done it, and they get a bit of loose skin.
I've come to the conclusion that the younger you are, the more chance you have of not being afflicted with the loose skin issues, would you agree with this?
(I'm also considering Sleeve surgery, but I've been thinking about it for 12 months now and still haven't done a thing!)