Hello everyone! My name is Ashlie and I am a 20 year old college student. I have had problems with my weight since I was about 11 years old. I am currently 232 lbs and wish to go down 100 lbs, or up to whatever I feel comfortable in. I've been wanting this for so long! Is it really worth it? Any bad complications? The women in my family suffer from thyroid disease, but I have been tested and my results were negative (thankfully). In high school, I weighed 150 lbs at 16 years old and while dieting and exercising gained a tremendous amount of weight. My first thought was that I had thyroid disease and then proceeded to get tested. After finding out that I was negative for the disease, I was very confused as to why I was gaining so much weight while trying to lose it. I was on a very strict diet at the time and never sneaked any unhealthy foods or treats. I thought I was going to go insane! I was disciplining my body so hard and it rebelled against me.
I have tried diet after diet, exercise after exercise, and have seen no good results. This is by far the biggest I have ever been in my life. I am desperate and I do not know what else to do. Being obese is ruining my life. I am too young to deal with health problems, and not to mention an incredibly distorted view of myself. I have such low self-esteem! So, is gastric bypass a good surgery for me? Does anyone think that I can get this done with no problem? I have a family friend who is the same age and weighed over 300 lbs. She had it done about a year and a half ago and is incredibly thin now!