The vast majority of morbidly obese adults have struggled with weight most of their lives. The memories of childhood taunts are still fresh on their minds. As adults, they may face disapproval from family and friends, sneers and negative remarks from strangers, and discrimination at work.

For these people, cosmetic issues may be the impetus behind the desire for surgery. For many, seeing the “before” and “after” photos of patients who have successfully lost weight makes it seem like looking better is the reason for having surgery. A desire to look good is never reason enough for surgery, however.

Read more about the best reasons for pursuing bariatric surgery on Foothills Weight Loss Specialists’ “Weighing In” blog.