A few years ago I lost over 190 pounds..... As part of this journey I belonged to a virtual group of over 1000 people who had had a gastric sleeve procedure. I was surprised when I asked the community about the benefits of losing weight from those who had lost over 100 pounds. The answers surprised me.... They included buying clothes off of the rack, buying tickets for a plane trip without concern of fitting in a seat, ability to buy clothes on sale and being able to cross your legs and keeping up with their kids/grandkids.
The discussion of improvement of medical conditions were infrequent. It was not that they were not appreciated, rather the biggest tangible differences were in day to day living.
I came to realize that every conversation I had with a medical professional about my weight was centered on medical conditions and reduction of risk.... What would have happened if the daily lifestyle impacts were a part of the discussion?
As I began my pre-op period I found that there were actual saboteurs within my inner circle of friends and families.... I could not understand "WHY?" They were afraid of losing me. How would I change as a thinner version? Within my virtual group was normal.... this would be temporary and the concerns would become cheers as I lost weight.
There is growing knowledge that the use of peer to peer support is a promising opportunity to improve quality and safety while reducing costs.
What research has this community conducted on this subject? What practical examples can you share?