If you are obese, you know what it is like to be grossly overweight in today’s society. Perhaps you’re considering bariatric surgery to help you lose the excess weight, get healthier, and stop being the object of ridicule when you go out in public. The surgery is a last resort, when diet and exercise have repeatedly failed. If you’ve been heavy all your life, perhaps you’ve decided that this is it. You’re getting the surgery and getting healthy this time around.
In today’s society, it’s not politically correct to disparaging anyone’s race, economic status or general attractiveness, yet people feel free to criticize and ridicule obese people. Prejudice against the obese is one of the last socially-approved forms of discrimination in the UK. It’s as if an obese person has a moral failing, not a condition which could be caused by many factors.
People who were obese and had bariatric surgery often find that they are treated better by people they have never met before. It’s not right, but it happens. Many former bariatric patients join support groups. Encouraged to do so by the weight loss clinic where they had the surgery. It can be quite a shock to go out in public and be treated quite differently even though you are the exact same person as before. It’s only then that most formerly obese people realize the extent of the stigma of being obese in today’s society.