Telling family and friends about your decision to have weight loss surgery can be very uncomfortable, and even provoke anxiety. In fact, for some people who are planning to have bariatric surgery, it is one of the hardest parts of the process.
Unfortunately, judgement and stigma still surrounds weight loss surgery, and while some people are keen to share the news with their family and friends (even should it from a rooftop), others want to keep it private for various reasons.
Should I Tell People I’m Having Weight Loss Surgery?
It is important to note that you should not feel obliged to tell your friends, colleagues or even some family members about your personal medical choices and decisions. No one has the right to know, and it is entirely up to you what you decide to share.
Prioritise what is best for you, your mental health and your personal journey.
Telling Family And Friends About Weight Loss Surgery: Helpful Strategies
If you are thinking about sharing the news with your family and friends, but are unsure of how to go about it, here are some strategies that may help:
- Feel free to bring a family member or close friend* to your initial appointment with either Dr Adib and/or our Dietitians. At your initial Dietitian appointment, we talk about the surgery, how to prepare for the surgery, as well as what to expect after surgery. We can answer any questions or apprehensions that your family or friends may have to make them feel more at ease, at this appointment.
- Do your research on the procedure you are having. Be ready to have an open and honest conversation with your family and friends regarding why you are having the surgery. You also want to be able to show them that this wasn’t an overnight decision and that you have taken the time to figure out that this is what is best for you and your health.
- Stay calm during the conversation. Things may get emotional: remember that your family and friends care about you, and this may manifest as fear or worry for you.
- Seek out professional support if you need it. Consider speaking with a counsellor or psychologist to help you navigate through this process.
Do you have questions about the bariatric surgery process or your initial consultation with Dr Adib? We are more than happy to answer your questions, so please call us on (07) 3871 2277.
*Please note that during COVID-19 restrictions, you may only be able to bring 1 support person to your appointment.