Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head
Jen Larsen always thought that if she could only lose some weight, she would be unstoppable. So when diet after diet failed, she decided to try bariatric sugery. It worked better than she ever dreame ...more
Basically, a chain-smoking, alcoholic, self-centered, promiscuous woman who is very heavy buys into the idea that her life will completely change if she has weight loss surgery. It does, in fact, change. She becomes a chain-smoking, alcoholic, self-centered thin woman who ...more
Jen Larsen has written a memoir about what it was like to have weight loss surgery and lose a great deal of weight. In her early 30s and living in San Francisco, she was aware of the Fat Acceptance and Health at Every Size movement (and the back of the book lists some resources on those topics), but she seems to have felt kind of helpless to incorporate their ideas into her own life - and I can understan ...more
Reading this was like sitting down with a friend over a bottle of wine and listening to them unload - very easy to read but frustrating all the same, becaus ...more
Also, she's just a damn good writer.
I have never had or contemplated weight loss surgery, and yet so much of this book rang exactly true. If you have ever stru ...more
That being said, the book gave me insight into the daily side effects of the surgery. This helps me understand what several of my friends who have had the surgery cope with.
It is easier to be skinny than be fat in this world. Well, yes. Adjusting your digestive system does not fix what is wrong in the central nervous system. Of course.
I guess Larsen didn't really under deliver. She walks you through her misery as an obese person. She illustrated her unhealthy relat ...more
A++. Would read again. WILL read again, I'm sure.
Left: January 2015 (300lbs) Right: October 2015 (170lbs)
Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
First and foremost, this novel is a memoir written by a woman that chose to undergo weight loss surgery in her early 30's; it is NOT the definitive guide to weight loss surgery. In fact, the author had a rare form of weight loss surgery called the duodenal switch, and even in 2015, most bariatric surgeons in the US ...more
In Stranger Here: How Weight Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head, Jen Larsen recounts, in painful detail, the steps leading to the weight loss surgery which saw her lose 180 pounds. (I’ve used the passive tense, because Jen’s body seemed hell-bent on shedding her excess weight despite her non-compliance with the post-surgery diet and exercise guidelines.)
That disconnect between mind and body is the underlying theme in the first part of the book. As she finishes her novel, Je...more
Jen Larsen is a very easy writer to read - she sucks you in and it read like fiction for me really, in that I couldn't put the book down and felt the story like I do fictional characters. This is most definitely a compliment, as I have a har ...more