Body image is a very important concept and I think in the modern era we are trying to teach people that you have to be comfortable with your own body and you shouldn’t let people tell you what you should look like. The flip side of that is that there are patients out there who are morbidly obese who are comfortable in their skin and they ask: “Why should I have weight loss surgery?” The answer to that is: Yes, it is important to be comfortable with your body. On the other hand, it’s not safe to be morbidly obese for the rest of your life because most people that are morbidly obese will develop complications of obesity and those complications include things like: type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, sleep apnea. All of these things can be potentially fatal to an individual if left unchecked. Weight loss surgery is a really important for anyone that is morbidly obese.
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