Are You Going to Die Too Soon?


Has anyone ever told you that having weight loss surgery is the cheaters way out of morbid obesity? (Or maybe you’ve even told yourself that?)

Whatever you do, do not believe them.

Because if you do, you will likely die too soon.  

It might sound a little dramatic, but the statistics show that 300,000 lives are lost each year to morbid obesity.

And the advice that you should “just exercise more, eat less, and have more willpower” is so incredibly dangerous that it could result in you dying a decade or more earlier than you would have otherwise.

That’s ten to 15 years taken off your life!

That’s thousands of memories, moments, and experiences deleted from your story and from those you love most.

Morbid obesity is a serious condition that requires serious intervention.

It’s a condition distinctly different from the term “obesity” or “overweight” as it not only is associated with multiple diseases and shortened life but in fact, represents a distinct disease process in and of itself, which will only respond to specific and radical intervention.  

But those who suffer morbid obesity know that its effects are much deeper than a list of medical problems. It is a disease that affects every aspect of someone’s life.

Surgical intervention is not an easy call to make with society in the background telling you to try harder and making you feel embarrassed or ashamed for even thinking about it.

But on the other hand, it’s also a very simple decision.

Because asking for help and undertaking weight loss surgery means you not only get to reach a place of ideal health but add nearly a decade and a half to your life!

Bariatric Surgery adds 10 to 15 years onto people’s lives.

On to YOUR life.

Not to mention no more difficulty breathing, tying shoelaces, fitting into restaurant booths, walking with ease, getting in and out of cars, bending over, gardening, playing with your children or grandchildren, finding clothes that fit, going off blood pressure medicines or CPAP machines, and feeling confident in yourself once again.

It means you get to say things like:

“Changing my eating habits was hard at first, but now it’s just a thing that comes naturally to eat healthily. It takes hard work, but it’s worth it in the end.” - Misty McKenzie

Weight loss surgery is not an easy option. It requires drastic lifestyle changes, a surgical procedure, recovery, and new daily habits sustained over the rest of your life.

That kind of change doesn’t happen in an environment of judgment or shame (or by taking bad advice from well-meaning friends and family!).

Change happens when you can be supported before, during, and after the change while feeling safe and understood.

And if someone ever tells you to simply try harder to beat this, you can politely remind them (and yourself) that for the condition of morbid obesity:

  • Diet and exercise have been proven to be ineffective.
  • Surgical therapy produces 80% long-term success.
  • It’s the second leading cause of preventable death with 300,000 lives lost per year.
  • It reduces life expectancy by 10-15 years.

So don’t wait for your shortened years to tick by.

Don’t let yourself slowly die when there is another option.

It’s not a quick fix. But it does work.

And as the weight comes off, the cycle of hopelessness is broken. Tasks that once were a strain are now possible.  

Energy returns, confidence and independence grow.  

The whole world opens back up, and life begins anew. Bariatric surgery becomes a truly life-altering event for most of our patients.

Because an extra 10-15 years could mean you get to:

  • See you kids finish school / get married / have kids of their own
  • See your grandchildren start school / learn to swim / meet more grandchildren
  • Enjoy newfound or long-lost hobbies
  • Take that trip you always dreamed of
  • ...and much, much more.

And THAT is something worth taking drastic action for.

Don’t die too soon.

Give us a call today at 740-475-0442, speak to our Bariatric Coordinator Angela, and take that first courageous step toward having the life that you truly want and deserve.

We are ready and waiting to support you.

Dr. Custer