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The Answer to Your Prayers - Bariatric Surgery

When everything else has failed and you are desperate to find a means to bring down that body mass that defines you as either overweight or obese, Bariatric surgery seems like manna from heaven. The world over the human population is fighting to overcome overweight and obesity problems and there are several diets, gyms, styles of exercising that are invented regularly. Yet the alarming statistics of the rise in overweight and obesity issues speak for themselves.

What then causes overweight and obesity issues?

  1. Your weight remains stable when calorie intake is equal to amount of output of energy.

  2. Given the dictum in point 1, obviously if you eat more calories than your body can burn up, you put on weight because the excess energy is converted into fat which then gets stored in your body.

  3. The converse would then apply that is if you eat lesser amount of calories than you burn up or lose weight as your body has to tap into its fat reserve to get the extra energy it needs.

A common misconception is to believe that being overweight and obese is because you have a low metabolic rate. In other words that your metabolic rate or metabolism is the amount of energy that your body needs to utilize in a day of activity. However, the fact is that if you are overweight or obese you either have normal or even higher consumption of energy (metabolic rate), as to carry that extra weight your body will need more energy.

Ramifications of Obesity

Genetics, researchers say determines 40 âEUR" 70 % of your body weight. Genetics therefore determines your body structure and so also the level of body fat (adipose) and muscle development capacity. So this means that you may have to spend an enormous amount of time to tangibly convert your adipose and muscle development to match the desired output. This could even probably lead to a pathological deviation with your relationship to food and exercise. You may have to willingly compromise on resources from a lot of other important pastimes (work, relationships, favorite leisure activities), and you would have to be able to keep this up for, maybe, the rest of your life. Having begun the arduous task of maintaining your weight, you have to be prepared to take the toll it will have on your emotional and physical health.

Is there a solution where you stand to gain in every way without subjecting yourself to harsh treatments?

Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery is the surgery that helps you lose weight. There are various types of procedures that are performed on people found to be obese. Surgically the size of your stomach is reduced by a gastric band (a laparoscopic adjustable gastric band), commonly called a Lap-Band, A Band, or LAGB, which is an inflatable silicone device placed around the top portion of the stomach so as to slow consumption of food and thus the amount of food consumed enables weight loss. Another procedure used is by the removal of a portion of your stomach or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch.

Long-term studies show that the procedures causes significant long-term loss of weight, enabling recovery from diabetes, improvement in cardiovascular risk factors, and a reduction in mortality of 23% from 40%.

The Food and Drug Administrative control in the United States of America, in the year of February 2011 expanded approval of adjustable gastric bands to patients with a body mass index ranges between 30 to 40 which includes weight-related medical conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. The approval is conditional as in Bariatric surgery is only the last resort after other methods such as diet and exercise have previously been tried and have not produced any desirable results.


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