LOS ANGELES, Dec. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- You don't have to be severely obese to suffer from holiday time blues, but the same combination of factors that can lead anyone to a fit of holiday sadness may be even more present in people with serious weight issues. Renowned bariatric surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz – who has performed such surgeries as the lap band and sleeve gastrectomy in Valencia, Huntington Beach, Rancho Cucamonga, Beverly Hills, and throughout Southern California – counsels severely obese people who may be feeling more sad than usual this December to seriously consider if a weight loss procedure in the New Year might help. Losing weight is not a cure-all for everything that makes us sad, but doctors agree it can help a great deal with a person's overall sense of well-being and health. For many with holiday blues, simply doing something constructive, such as considering the relative benefits of lap band vs gastric sleeve procedures, might take their mind away from the negative thoughts that can spur excessive sadness or even depression. Of course, anyone who may be suffering from clinical depression should immediately obtain help, whether or not they explore a bariatric procedure. However, for those of us who may simply be feeling a bit more obesity-related stress, loneliness, and isolation than we might otherwise feel around holiday time, part of depression is the feeling that things in your life will never change. It might simply be time to disrupt that unhealthy cycle by exploring the benefits of such medically proven procedures as a gastric sleeve or lap band. Los Angeles weight loss specialist Dr. Michael Feiz and his outstanding medical team are here to help answer all of your concerns and start you on the road to a happier and healthier life. We know that obesity is a genuine illness in its own right that increases a person's risk for a number of serious and life-threatening conditions. Though we often hear about type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and greatly increased risks of strokes and heart disease among other threats, depression is another serious illness that can be triggered or exacerbated by obesity. While some people may still try to minimize depression, medical professionals know that it is a potentially life-threatening condition with enormous psychological and physical impacts. Moreover, while the large majority of cases of holiday blues for severely overweight people are not full-on cases of clinical depression, excessive sadness is not healthy for anyone.