I couldn’t list the number of diets I’ve been on with all ten of my fingers, and I know I’m not the only one. I’ve eaten foods that are supposed to aid metabolism that are best left in the far corners of South American jungles, and I’ve dealt with the consequences – which, in my experience, have been more likely to be found in the bathroom than coming off my waistline.
If you’ve had experiences like this, it’s really no surprise if you’re considering weight loss surgery. For far too long the public have stigmatised the idea of weight loss surgery as something for people too lazy and demotivated to lose the weight themselves, naturally. Well, it really is high-time this changed.
Weight loss surgery isn’t something anyone takes lightly. How could it be? Going under the knife is daunting for anyone. But, just as it’s seen as necessary when a very ill patient needs an operation at a hospital, there comes a point, after years of unsuccessful dieting, that weight loss surgery seems to be the only way.
The science behind diets and calorie counting is hardly exact; you don’t need to look at more than a few web pages to see that scientists disagree about how exactly one should go about losing weight on an almost weekly basis. Unfortunately, no one likes to say it, but it’s probably the truth: some people just can’t lose weight the way other people do.
We’ve tried and tried, and yet the pounds don’t drop off. Should we have to suffer the low self-esteem and health problems that come with excess weight, just because of unfortunate biology?
Angela Chouaib, MD and founder at Secret Surgery Ltd., says that “Weight loss surgery really is for those in the last chance saloon; it’s a life-saving operation that should be considered just as valuable as heart surgery. Our patients live longer, happier lives because of these surgeries – and that’s what’s important.”