21 January 2006
Complete misconceptions of WLS
Yesterday, I ran into one of the custodians in one of our buildings that I typically see every day but have never really talked to with the exception of talking about issues with the classrooms. I asked her if she was ready for Monday (the first day of classes), and we talked about that for a little while. As that conversation wrapped up, she said, "you're really looking good, Jenn". I thanked her, and then she said, "I just don't know how you can only eat 3 tablespoons of food a day". What?! First, I'd never told this woman I had WLS. But, I know that people like to talk. So, it obviously means someone that I did tell told someone else who told someone else, etc. But, what really gets me is that this woman had the misconception that I only eat 3 tablespoons of food each day! What other things are people thinking about me and the surgery that are completely incorrect? And, if they think I'm only eating 3 tablespoons of food a day, it leads me to think they can't possibly respect what I have done in order to lose this weight. I haven't told everyone at work who's asked how I lost the weight that I'd had WLS; maybe I would have been better off if I had because at least I would have been disseminating correct information!