- You're about 100 pounds or more over your ideal weight;2. You have a BMI over 40
- You have a BMI over 35 with hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea, serious lipid abnormalities, or an altered body image.
Aside from the physical characteristics, you need to be willing to make the life changes that will make these procedures work (which includes diet and exercise overhauls). Without these changes, these procedures won't be successful. After an initial "bounce" downward, you could be back at marathon munching before you know it. You will also need to be realistic about the potential side effects of weight loss surgery, like hair loss, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Weight loss surgery is not an option for people who are only a little overweight. They're not for people worried about losing their runway model job or upset because their clothes don't fit. They're for people whose health is at extreme risk—those people who are one fast-food value meal away from putting the gravedigger on speed dial—because the effects of excess fat increases your risk of developing such day-ruiners as coronary artery disease, hypertension, sleep apnea, infertility, chronic back pain, hernias, infections, gallstones, and depression.
Find out more about this book:You, on a Diet: The Owner's Manual for Waist Management