Review your current level of obesity, the health issues that may be present or may appear in the future if you do not lose weight, the physical and social limitations you may be suffering because of your weight, and the effect of your obesity on your life expectancy.
First, check your BMI. If you are not sure what it is, go to the BMI calculator and find out. If you are above a BMI of 27, you can consider the intragastric balloon. If your BMI is above 30 you can also consider the Lap-Band procedure. If your BMI is above 35, you can consider the Lap-Band, sleeve and gastric bypass.
Second, consider your health status. You may have diabetes, hypertension, low back pain, depression or any of dozens of illnesses that are chronic and, at least in part, related to your obesity. You may worry about your future health, the potential for the family history of diabetes to intrude, the limitations that osteoarthritis of the hips or knees will place on your life or the potential catastrophe of a stroke or heart attack.
Next, you may be noticing that the physical limitations of your obesity are preventing you from doing the things that you would like to do and, at your age, you feel you should be able to do. You may be painfully aware of how you weight has reduced your self-esteem and self-confidence. You don’t want to mix socially. You hate trying to buy clothes and you feel like crying when you look in the bathroom mirror.
Finally, you may worry about the effect of your obesity and what the associated illnesses are going to do to your life expectancy. How many years of life will you miss because of your weight? Not only are you experiencing a life that is limited by obesity, you are likely to miss the golden years of enjoying retirement , ticking off the items on the bucket list and sharing good times with family, friends, children and grandchildren.