Each person has a unique story, but those living with excess weight may share common experiences. Hear from real people to learn more about what’s actually needed for continued success in managing weight.
Meet Donna: Listen to Donna’s perspective on why the time to start a weight-management plan is now
...don't be ashamed because this is not something that has to do with your willpower or how much you try.
I will always live with obesity. I may look like I have a normal weight now, and right now I am able to manage my weight, but I will always live with obesity. I will always have to seek different ways to manage this disease and right now the tools that I am using are working for me, but I don’t know if that’s going to be the case in the future, so I think it’s important to remember that this is something, this is a lifetime disease. Don’t wait. Do something about it now. Go to your health care provider and ask them for help. And don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid to ask for help, don’t be afraid, don’t be ashamed because this is not something that has to do with your willpower or how much you try. It has to do with a disease that can be treated and there are many tools available and life is so much better once you have it under control.
Meet Patty: Hear why Patty was motivated to start her science-based treatment plan
...I started looking for science-based, evidence-based treatment, and fortunately I found it.
You know, I’ve had obesity since I was a child. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t have obesity. It’s not a choice. I had done so many diets over the course of my lifetime, I had failed so often and each time I failed I felt more ashamed and embarrassed that I decided I’m done, I’m giving up. And when it became so difficult for me to move at the weight I was at, I finally got up the courage to try it one more time, and that’s when I started looking for science-based, evidence-based treatment and fortunately I found it. Um, very few people are as fortunate as I am to have found it and that needs to change.
Meet Matt: Matt wants others to know that they, too, can get professional help on their weight-management journey.
People with excess weight, they need others to understand. Yes, it’s a difficult conversation, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had.
I think about my weight every minute of every day. Sad, stressed, concerned.
I still have never been diagnosed with obesity from a medical professional. I would like to be able to feel comfortable about broaching that subject with health care professionals. People with obesity, they need others to understand that yes it’s a difficult conversation, but it’s a conversation that needs to be had.
One of the things about obesity that I wish people could understand is that it’s never one instance, and it’s never one activity, it’s everything. I have to space my day around do I have enough time to go to the gym, am I going to give myself enough time to eat a good meal. I have to structure my life around that.
We want a safe space that is going to help us move forward in our journey through our weight loss.
Losing weight and maintaining it is hard because of how the body reacts to weight loss. But together with your health care provider, you can find ways to keep the weight off.