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NICE lowers threshold for weight-loss surgery


I sometimes wonder if the perceived availability of quick and 'easy' solutions to morbid obesity actually feeds the problem. People see superfast weight loss programmes on TV where contestants typically lose 6 - 12 or more lbs a week. Magazine articles feature before and after pictures of gastric band patients - usually with women looking extremely glamorous with no hint of the loose hanging skin beneath their clothing. When they themselves try sensible dieting and 'only' loose a couple of lbs they feel cheated and give up. I have a dear friend with type2 who has talked excitedly about the prospect of a gastric band for the past couple of years, during which time she has got even larger. She knows the bigger she gets the more likely she is to get the surgery. She also feels a need to 'eat big while she still can'. In the meantime I have been to a weekly slimmers group and lost 108 lbs at a 'boring' rate of just over one lb a week - eminently doable with no great suffering involved. My starting BMI was 43.2. My current BMI is 26.3. I knew any sort of weight loss surgery was unlikely for me as I have severe COPD and am on oxygen - my weight gain was the comined result of giving up smoking, prednisolone and little activity due to breathlessness. In reality mine was the easy way - I just had to accept that results would not be rapid.

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28 Nov 2014

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