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My first question is Another question about Medifast menu for reception, involving STEAK.? Hoping for any comment. 2nd question I got is.. I've had 2 ppl tell me recently that I was too small to need GBS. It's really frustrating to be told that. While it is very true I haven't experienced all of the day to day issues that many of the ppl here have, I certainly have experienced some of them. However, the really big thing about my weight is the trouble it is causing with my medical condition..

I qualify for the insurance with a BMI of 36 and several comorbid conditions. I've had multiple doctor's talk to me about GBS and I resisted even looking at it for the last three years. When my liver problems reached a new plateau, the GI doc was pretty blunt about what would happen if I didn't.

Lose weight.

, or, heaven forbid, gained more..

The comorbid conditions are the main reason I'm having the.

Surgery.

The doc told me my liver was just going to get worse if I didn't lose some weight (LFT's are almost 10x normal), my diabeties is not very well controlled, I have extremely severe.

Sleep.

Apnea. Acid reflux, high colesterol, stress incontinence (already had.

Surgery.

For this one, starting to have probs again), asthma (well controlled), gout and arthritis round out the list - and I may be forgetting something..

I carry most of my excess weight in my abdomen rather than hips or thighs, so maybe I look smaller than I am. Most of my adult life I;ve tried to.

Lose weight.

- actually got down to 142 with WW before I got pregnant the last time (over 20 yrs ago). My top weight was 245 a couple years ago..

Sorry for the rant, it just really got to me, especially since the person last night was a few years post op herself. I'm having GBS because I need to for my health, not on a frivalous whim..

-lazer.

PS. hopefully I can let go of the frustration now... after all the opinions that really count are my family and friends - who are very supportive...

Comments (16)

That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the answer to your question. I'll do some research and get back to you if I discover an good answer. You should email the people at Medifast as they probably could help you..

Comment #1

Hope.

All goes well for you and that you get the.

Surgery.

Which would help your medical problems,good luck..

Comment #2

Stop.

Talking.

About.

Surgery.

With the naysayers. It's your body and YOUR decision. When I was researching.

Surgery.

, I told very few people. Then only thing you accomplish by doing that is upsetting friends and family members, who, in turn, upset you. Think long and hard about this very lifechanging decision and decide it for YOURSELF. Don't weigh everything on what others think!! Again, it's YOUR body and YOUR decision. Good luck. You'll do the right thing for you..

Hugs,.

Charlene..

Comment #3

People who make those off-the-cuff comments are speaking out of ignorance and fear. Since you already know that, you can disregard what they say. You said it best: you have the support of those closest to you, so you are good to go. As a person who also suffered many co-morbidities, I applaud your decision and am happy for what lies ahead for you...

Comment #4

You are NOT too small for GBS with your co-morbidity issues. That is why your insurance has approved you. The rule is a BMI of 40, or 35-40 if you have co-morbitiy conditions. Trust me, if you did not qualify, you would not be approved for.

Surgery.

People who are ignorant of the facts will argue this point with you if you let them. Stop discussing it with those people until AFTER you've had the.

Surgery.

, if ever. Some people are just negative in everything anyway. Use discretion to protect yourself from getting upset and frustrated. It's OK to stand up for yourself, do what you know needs to be done and protect your health. God bless you, dear...

Comment #5

I applaud you for taking control over your health. I'm surprised that someone who had GBS would be a naysayer, shame on that person. Go ahead and rant away, it always helps..

Luckily you have the support of the people that matter the most, your family and friends. Now they will get to enjoy your time on this earth, a lot longer. Congrats...

Comment #6

Lazer huney,.

WLS is being used for many ailments and health conditions. If you were not entitled to this you would not have been offered it..

So being less than morbibly obese with a lower BMI we loose less weight, but arent we entitled to the same mediacl care..

Dont listen to them huney..

Their opinions count for nothing....

This is your life and you desreve the very very best of it...

Good luck and Best wishes.

Buzz xx..

Comment #7

Before my.

Surgery.

I had many people tell me "Your really not that big", well I have to live with HP and.

Sleep.

Apnea and swollen ankles. Do not listen to those who don't understand. Its hard but it is your body and your future! This is your choice and since you were approved you are a good candidate! Good for you for doing it NOW rather than waiting until it became out of control!.

Liz..

Comment #8

When I went into the surgeon's for the first time before I stepped on the scale the nurse told me that I'm too small and won't qualify. She was shocked when it was 243 lbs. It's my diabetes that really qualifies me. Several shots a day and it's still not stable. I hear you though when you're telling people why you won't be there next week and you say you're having.

Surgery.

, they ask what kind, you tell them GBS and they don't believe you. Thanks for posting so I could rant a little too...

Comment #9

Not to defend the naysayers but like Sparhky said, even her nurse didn't think she'd qualify because of her weight, our friends see us maybe like we'd like to see ourselves, not skinny or fat, just us! My bff and I had a Loooooonnnnnnggg.

Discussion.

About this exact topic, (nice to have someone you can REALLY talk to). She didn't think I "needed" to have GBS either, I wasn't "that" overweight. What it really boiled down to was that she was afraid for me. She didn't want anything to go wrong or to lose me. When we talked, I told her how by having the.

Surgery.

(even tho by the time.

Surgery.

Date rolled around I was no longer "morbidly" obese I was still obese) I would have fewer co-morbid conditions and would be around much longer. In the end it is our decision but I think we need to be "open" to others opinions and just do what we need to do for ourselves. Again, just my 2 cents worth...

Comment #10

I've had 2 ppl tell me recently that I was too small to need GBS. It's really frustrating to be told that. While it is very true I haven't experienced all of the day to day issues that many of the ppl here have, I certainly have experienced some of them. However, the really big thing about my weight is the trouble it is causing with my medical condition..

I qualify for the insurance with a BMI of 36 and several comorbid conditions. I've had multiple doctor's talk to me about GBS and I resisted even looking at it for the last three years. When my liver problems reached a new plateau, the GI doc was pretty blunt about what would happen if I didn't.

Lose weight.

, or, heaven forbid, gained more..

The comorbid conditions are the main reason I'm having the.

Surgery.

The doc told me my liver was just going to get worse if I didn't lose some weight (LFT's are almost 10x normal), my diabeties is not very well controlled, I have extremely severe.

Sleep.

Apnea. Acid reflux, high colesterol, stress incontinence (already had.

Surgery.

For this one, starting to have probs again), asthma (well controlled), gout and arthritis round out the list - and I may be forgetting something..

I carry most of my excess weight in my abdomen rather than hips or thighs, so maybe I look smaller than I am. Most of my adult life I;ve tried to.

Lose weight.

- actually got down to 142 with WW before I got pregnant the last time (over 20 yrs ago). My top weight was 245 a couple years ago..

Sorry for the rant, it just really got to me, especially since the person last night was a few years post op herself. I'm having GBS because I need to for my health, not on a frivalous whim..

-lazer.

PS. hopefully I can let go of the frustration now... after all the opinions that really count are my family and friends - who are very supportive...

Comment #11

For some people (me included) it is more about the comorbidities and weight than just weight itself. The Dr and insurance would never have approved you if it was not a good idea for you to have this.

Surgery.

Just keep updating your self with information and rant away :).

My aunt also told me that "you aren't that big" but she didn't see the scale (I also hide weight well) but she knows that it is what I need to do to live a longer life...

Comment #12

Hey lazer,.

I have had people say the same things to me. I however do not have any other illnesses due to my weight, but I am on the fast track for them all. I think everyones reasons for choosing GBP are different. I don't feel I am doing it on a frivalous whim, but my reasons are so I can feel better about myself and to be able to keep up with my kids and so I don't ever develope life threatening illnesses..

This is a hard choice for everyone, don't let other people make you think your not worthy of the decision your making on your own behalf, they don't walk in your shoes...

Comment #13

If you feel you must answer these people (and I know, some people you just have to) let them know that you are doing this for your health after much.

Research.

And at your doctor's suggestion. You can tell them in a very serious tone or you can joke like I did most of the time. I usually said that my doctor thinks I need to do this for many health reasons, not so I'll look good in a bikini next summer. That usually shut them up and let them know this was not a vanity issue for me, but a well thought out health decision...

Comment #14

I'm with you on this. I had lost enough weight on my own to no longer qualify except for my co-morbidities, chiefly diabetes and related problems. You know they tell you that if you just lose 5 -10% of your body weight things should get better, down 15% and my A1c was worse. I can't tell you how to deal with your friends and family, my family is supportive and any real friends know about the diabetes issue..

But I can tell you, that with the right attitude, you may have a pre-op WOW moment headed your way. I don't know how your insurance and surgeon work, but I have been through more tests in the past few months than in the past quarter century. And on two separate occasions the techs doing the tests were surprised that the pre op was for gastric bypass. When medical personel tell you that you don't look big enough and/or are in better shape than they usually see ... it'll feel real good if you let it. I know someone else that this happened too and she had the same reaction What a day brightener! (Now someone else was insulted that they would make a personal comment at all - so your attitude counts for a lot)..

Sometimes people get the impression from watching the TV shows that feature the super obese that we all weigh over 500 pounds and think that we are looking to the.

Surgery.

To make us look young and beautiful/handsome and hot. But for a lot of us the numbers on the scale are not the most important ones. I suspect this may even give us an emotional edge when we plateau since some of these other number keep on improving even when the scale stops. All else fails, just tell the idiots you're having.

Surgery.

Related to your liver problems and/or diabetes. Its true and after all, if you had to have a foot amputated you'd.

Lose weight.

Too..

Lin.

(now if anyone just knows how to reverse that fist digit in my age - please let me in on it - thx)..

Comment #15

A nice reply is always:.

"My TEAM of physicians agrees that this is the best course of action for me, and I agree with them" if they want to argue with the professionals, give them the numbers :)..

Comment #16

Hi nice to meet you, I just wanted to say on your behalf that I also have a liver problem, I have cirrhosis, in stage 3 fibrosis, I've had a fatty liver for 3 years then turned into this. My gastroenterologist is the one who suggested this.

Surgery.

As well. I'm rooting for you,.

Hope.

Everything goes well for you on your journey, if you have any questions that I can answer I sure will try....just message me...

Comment #17


This question was taken from a support group/message board and re-posted here so others can learn from it.