By the time Samr “Rocky” Tayeh was a senior in high school, he weighed more than 500 pounds. He needed special desks in all his classrooms and an elevator pass to get up a few flights of stairs. His family continually pressured him to lose weight – something he felt utterly incapable of doing -- and he felt like a “monster.” So, two months before his high school graduation, Rocky made a decision to have weight loss surgery and to – as he saw it -- “save his life.”
Like thousands of Americans, Rocky has lost a lot of weight – 200 pounds in one year -- due to the lap band surgery. Yet while those numbers make it seem like a quick fix, choosing and living with weight loss surgery can be anything but.