A patient told me the other day that she was really looking forward to New Year's this year. So, I asked her why. Her response was one that definitely intrigued me.
"This is the first time I can remember not starting a diet for New Year's."
She spent years and years making that dreaded New Year's resolution to lose weight. With each year came a new diet and a renewed hope for success and yet, by the month's end, the diets had failed or been tossed by the wayside.
Last year she made the commitment to having bariatric surgery. In May, she had Lap-Band surgery at RMH. Since then, she's lost 73.5 lbs and her BMI has decreased by 22! It's a lifestyle now of good eating habits.
As so many of us look forward to 2012, we find ourselves searching for ways to make our lives easier, improve our relationships, feel better about ourselves or be better parents. We may be looking for ways to decrease our stress or improve our health. Would it surprise you to know that bariatric surgery can help with all of these? Obesity puts more than just physical strain on a person. It can interfere with relationships, prevent intimacy, and encourage reclusiveness. We sometimes avoid activities we know will be difficult. We may find it difficult to play on the floor with our children or run outside and play ball with them. We may avoid field trips with our kids because it may involve too much walking or an uncomfortable bus ride. We may even be afraid of ridicule by other people.
Obesity also leads to so many other health problems: diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, infertility, and erectile dysfunction- just to name a few. Each of those health problems involves doctor visits and medications to treat them. Obesity is expensive.
Bariatric surgery can be the tool for long-term weight loss success. It's not a magic wand - it's a tool. It's one piece of the puzzle. You still have to eat right and exercise, but you don't have to do it alone.
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