Friday, October 9, 2015

Fear of an Open Door

Halloween is still a few weeks off, but we've been thinking about fear and the question of what it is that humans fear most of all. Well, while there have been polls indicating that some of us fear death slightly less than public speaking, we're willing to bet that mankind's greatest fear is of the unknown. It's what's behind our innate fear of the dark and the reason that creepy movies and TV shows slow down the pace and delay giving us information other productions would wack us over the heads with.

At Dr. Feiz & Associates, we're acutely aware of this because we see how many patients may take years to work up the nerve to finally take a serious look at a weight loss procedure. Of course, a certain amount of caution with a bariatric surgery, or any other surgery, is entirely warranted. However, we're not just talking about trepidation around getting a surgery, understandable as that is; we're also talking about the fear of what life will be like afterwards.

Losing weight is obviously a very good thing. However, if you've been obese for most of your life and have been looking at food as one of your greatest sources of recreation, the idea of changing your relationship with food once and for may be more than a little daunting. Of course, in return for getting to enjoy food only in much smaller quantities, a gastric sleeve or other procedure will also likely show us the way to a healthier and happier life with all kinds of personal benefits.

Weight loss doesn't solve all of problem, but it can open an awful lot of doors. Sometimes, it seems, walking through a door can take some courage. 

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