Registered: Sep 2002
And what's up with people with broken bones getting casts? If you go skiing, you must know that breaking a leg is a serious possibility. Now you expect medicine to come along and fix you up? I say take responsibility for your actions and live with your broken leg!
You obviously have no clue what I'm talking about, but thanks for playing!!
I've read all of the posts so far and I think people are missing what I'm trying to saying. I can sympathize with a person that is so far over weight that life is more of a chore than something worth living. And I also know all about the aftermath of a procedure like this. I too have watched the Dateline specials and seen Al talk about all the restrictions, possible complications, and life altering mearsures that must be taken after this surgery. I'm aware of all that stuff.
If they had to write this into the storyline because Mark is actually having this done, well, I'm not sure what to think about that. My problem is that here is you have a character, who is in high school, who's having this procedure done (remember, I had a problem with the storyline, not the person in real life). What is that saying to today's youth??? If you do have an overweight child, or had one, is this the message you want them to hear?
Not knowing how old the actor is in real life, (probably in his 20's), I have a hard time seeing this as the last possible alternative. There are many people in this world that have been way over weight, and beaten obesity. But let's be honest, it takes...no demands....a COMPLETE lifestyle change; and lets face it, that's hard...very hard, and most people aren't willing to make that kind of commitment, (my accountability and responsability point). Is having the surgery more or less of a lifesytle change than trying to lose the weight? Probably not, but it sure takes a lot less work and dedication to complete (upfront work). Why do I say this? Because if a person does opt for the surgery, then they have no other alternative than to follow the strict restrictions that follow. If not, they probably will die or have major comlications.
That's why I say it's the easier way out when the ultimate goal is to live longer. Your choices are, to change everything you know, work harder than you ever have in your life, or have this procedure, and deal with a ton of restructions having no idea how you'll like it simply because you've never dealt with it, yet.
That's why I say it's an accountability issue. Personally, I would never, EVER opt for this procedure. Simply because there are people out there, Jerod, for example, that have lost the weight and kept it off. It's hard to do, damn hard, but it can be done.
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