Why Consider Weight
Surgery is not the"first
line therapy" for weight loss!
We all know the safest way to lose weight: dieting
and exercise! Unfortunately, dieting and exercise alone
often fail to work over the long term. While some of
us can use dieting and exercise to lose weight temporarily,
very few are able to keep the weight off permanently.
This concept was supported by the National Institutes
of Health as early as 1991 in their Consensus Conference
The NIH Consensus
Conference of 1991
A group of nationally-renowned weight loss surgery
experts met in 1991 to discuss the issue of surgery
for obesity. In their Consensus Conference Statement
"Although weight may be
reduced acceptably, a major drawback to the nonsurgical
approach is failure to maintain reduced body weight
in most patients."
is not just a cosmetic problem -- it is a major health
Severe obesity causes some very severe health
problems such as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea
and heart disease (just to name a few). Weight loss
may stop the progression of these diseases, or even
reverse their effects!
Insurance companies are now starting to
understand that weight loss makes obese people healthier
over the long term. This is why most insurance companies
will cover this type of surgery if it is felt to be
medically appropriate. To figure out if you are a candidate
for this type of surgery, please read Is
Surgery For Me.