“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,


3 Comments for this Post
  • Pam Davis
    April 11, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Great post Joe. In the bariatric surgery world, we often see this taken a step or two further too, “my procedure is better than your procedure,” or “my surgeon is better than your surgeon.” As you stated so well, different people respond to different levels of treatment. We need to support each other regardless of the method of treatment we’ve chosen.

  • Tammy Beaumont
    April 12, 2012 at 10:11 am

    Well said Joe! I’m so proud to be able to work for a health system (Methodist in Dallas) that supports both a surgical AND non-surgical weight management program!

  • Cari De La Cruz
    April 20, 2012 at 12:11 am

    Obesity is an equal-opportunity disease without an equal-opportunity cure, so it saddens me to hear people belittle others for doing their best to treat their disease the best way they can. Think about it: our condition is hard enough to fight without having to fight others who are fighting the same fight! It simply makes my head spin to consider that people are dying because they are too embarrassed to seek help…they feel ostracized by society, criticized by doctors, and marginalized by supposed-friends. Where do they turn? I am thankful to be a part of the OAC because I do believe my voice can make a difference…i hope others feel the same — even those who don’t carry the burden of obesity themselves…Thanks for putting this out there, Joe. We are stronger when we are are united

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