I only had 80 pounds to lose, too, but I've gained and lost it many time over the past 25 years, and my top weight
was a full 100 pounds over my ideal weight
. That was the only reason they agreed to do it. They took a detailed account of every weight loss clinic I had ever attended, how much I lost over how much time, etc. As it was, I was the thinnest person ever banded in the clinic. The anesthetist had serious misgivings, as did my GP.