The article focuses on a 19-year-old woman, 5-foot-1 and 271 pounds.
[The doctor] told Ms. Gofman that, going by the averages, she could expect to lose about 40 percent of her excess weight, or 70 to 80 pounds. “Which is better than any diet out there,” he said. “We’d be looking for you to come in around 200.”
But, he warned, “If you don’t follow along the average way, like have a milk shake every night or don’t exercise at all, you will end up in the worser half.”
I'm sure this isn't what I'm supposed to take from the article, but-- "the worser half" ? "follow along the average way" ? And we're supposed to trust this person to perform surgery??
[A] study in Australia found that one-third of operations on teenagers required follow-up surgeries within two years, often because of “pouch dilation,” when the stomach above the band becomes enlarged, which can happen if the patient does not follow the regimen and tries to eat too much.
Which begs the question... should teenagers even be expected to have the self-control and understanding of the risks to take proper care of themselves post-procedure?
[At a visit to the doctor in November, she] had regained not quite half of what she had lost. He did not scold or blame her. He tightened her band, so it now took an hour and a half to force down two scrambled eggs.
She does not want to reveal how much she weighs, but she is fighting constant hunger, and progress is slow.