From a cultural perspective:
As the media and entertainment industries can often be found promoting self-image messages and what may be considered the 'norm' (perhaps even offering up the 'ideal' image that is sought by the masses), a message that can often be secondary, tertiary or even buried deeper in an underlying fashion is one that may be unattainable by some.
From a generalized cultural standpoint, striving for the the 'picture' of physical health can often lead some to drastic measures that are unhealthy; almost as unhealthy as it can be to be overweight to begin with.
Proper Health Education & Weight Loss
Without proper health education or mental and emotional health aspects taken into account, many can find themselves 'self-diagnosing' or 'self-treating' a weight issue. Perhaps it is health-care costs. Perhaps it is self-esteem issues that promote the avoidance of professional health advice.
Either way, finding a doctor or practice that takes into account the full picture of each aspect of 'healthy' is key to the road to well-balanced healthy life-style.
There are those who may not fit the so-called 'mold' of ideal body shape, mass or weight, who are, in fact, quite healthy and destined to live well into their golden years.
As some flock to 'quick fix' weight loss programs or weight-loss-infused dietary regimens, some seek doctors who are well-versed in the latest techniques of Minimally Invasive Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery and weight loss surgery in general.
How to determine whether or not weight loss surgery is for you
The fact is, it isn't completely your decision. Medical professionals who specialize in weight loss surgery need to be consulted and all recommendations and testing they require must be followed. A doctor who takes his/her time to fully understand the emotional aspect as well as the physical aspect of each patient, over an extended period of time, is one to strongly consider.
Weight loss surgery experts
As weight loss surgery encourages attaining a healthy body weight and can address possible health issues such as heart disease and diabetes, those who may be a weight loss surgery expert should have a healthy (no pun intended) amount of respected research and media saturation (from niche professional journals to general a general media presence).
Fear of surgery and minimally invasive techniques