Being overweight or obese greatly increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, a serious condition that causes a range of long-term health problems. Diabetes treatment used to be entirely about losing weight and taking tablets or insulin injections. Now, though, international experts recognise bariatric surgery as a treatment for people with type 2 diabetes and a BMI over 35.
Weight forms part of our identity. After many years of being overweight, it’s quite normal to develop a ‘fat identity’, an entrenched sense of self that is actually harder to shed than the kilos themselves. Many people who’ve had bariatric surgery comment that they still feel fat afterwards. They’re not. By an objective measure, they’re now fit and healthy. But the feeling of fatness persists. Sound familiar? Here’s what’s going on.