It's important to accept our bodies as they are, but good health is of the utmost priority. Life is an incredible journey and you want it to last as long as possible.
That's why when Dana Martinez's doctor told her that her 520-pound weight had become life-threatening, she decided to act and have weight loss surgery. And she's here to tell you that surgery is NOT a cop-out.
It's painful. It requires months of preparation, mentally and physically. And after it's over it can cause major fallout in your life. Here's Dana's story...
Dana Martinez is a fashion blogger and body positive enforcer.
In 2010, she weighed 520 pounds.
At that point, her options were to lose weight or risk death.
She consulted with her doctors and decided to have gastric sleeve surgery, the prep for which takes nine months.
The surgery reduces the size of the stomach to house less food. Martinez says she can only stomach about two ounces of food per meal.
After recuperating, she shed 90 pounds in six months.