Would YOU Have Surgery for Weight Loss?
by Suzette Kroll, RD
Weight Loss Surgeon
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I'm gathering opinions on the subject of weight loss surgery. Would you consider it? (There's no right or wrong answer.) What's your opinion? Is surgery for weight loss an answer?
Being a dietitian, I can see both sides of the argument.
On one hand, all a person has to do is eat less and exercise more to lose weight. Why is that so hard for most of us? Is surgery necessary to make
us eat less? Do we really need surgery to make us exercise self control?
At any given time 45% of women and 30% of men in the United States are trying
to exercise self control and lose weight. Unfortunately, statistics suggest most of them will be unsuccessful in the long run.
me to admit that only a very small percentage of people are able to successfully lose weight and keep it off. The odds are not good. While weight loss (and maintenance of weight loss) is possible
, it's not probable
That thought alone sends me into mid life crisis mode.
I've spent the last 18 years of my life devoted to helping people lose weight. Have I been wasting my time? Should I continue to hold on to such hope
and belief that weight loss success is possible when the odds suggest just the opposite?
Well, yes. I'll probably be the most hopeful person and the best rah-rah coach that I naturally am until my dying day. And I like to think that my patients (and website visitors!) beat the odds more than most.
However, at the same time, I'm able to maintain an understanding and appreciation of surgery for weight loss when it's indicated.
It's a well known fact that obesity and being overweight are associated with a number of health conditions including (but not limited to):
- metabolic syndrome
- type 2 diabetes
- coronary heart disease
- high cholesterol
- sleep apnea
- gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)
These conditions are an extreme cost to our health care system, but can often be corrected by weight loss.
If a person has a 90% or greater chance of resolving or improving type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea or GERD as a result of weight loss surgery, when they have a slim to none chance of losing weight on their own and never resolving those health issues, why wouldn't it be a good choice?
Is surgery for weight loss therefore a reasonable option?
Do you consider weight loss surgery a viable option or do you see it as "an easy way out?" Do you think it treats the symptom (excess weight) without treating the disease (poor eating habits)?What's your opinion?