Okay, I got a copy of the article on interlibrary loan. The patients:
[47 patients] lost 45 kg (100 lb) or more and who successfully maintained weight loss for at least three years following gastric restrictive surgery for morbid obesity...
and the summary:
This study suggests that patients who successfully maintain weight loss following obesity surgery consider morbid obesity a tremendous personal liability. These are people who feel that being normal weight provides them with more desired options than being multi-millionaires. It is probably that patients' intense preference for being normal weight continues to assist them maintain the required control over their eating behaviors.
"Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." Christopher Robin to Pooh