“My Treatment is Better than Your Treatment”
The OAC was created with the lofty goal to bring together all of those affected by obesity. Basically, we exist so that no matter where you are in your battle against obesity, we are here for you. It doesn’t matter whether you woke up this morning and decided today was the day you were going to start addressing your weight and health, whether you have been fighting the battle for years experiencing the ups and downs or you are one of those who have successfully controlled your weight.
One of the unique challenges we face as an organization is the divisiveness we see in those who have successfully controlled their obesity. Too often, for example, we’ll have a patient who has successfully controlled their weight through exercise and behavior modification say that, “well, I was able to control my weight without an intervention, why can’t you?” or we’ll have a metabolic and bariatric surgery patients say, “well, it’s great that you lost all that weight but you’ll never keep it off because you didn’t have surgery.” If you see yourself in either of the above comments or anything similar, I challenge you to think a bit differently.
My view is that obesity is not simple. Every individual affected by obesity is affected differently and as such we’ll need multiple treatment options. Some will respond to some treatments and others will not. Just because you did respond to a specific therapy, doesn’t mean that your friend, family members, member of the public will as well. Also, keep in mind that obesity is a chronic condition; therefore, it often rears its head again after successful treatment. As such, you may need another type of therapy later on down the road. No one therapy works for everyone no matter what any pundit says.
No matter your therapy choice, in my opinion, you should be advocating for all legitimate therapies whether you need them personally or not. So next time the OAC asks your support for a letter or post or some other communication regarding a therapy that you didn’t choose, I ask you to consider supporting it recognizing when we have more treatment options, more people will have the chance to be successful in their fight against obesity.
Making a Difference Together,