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If You Have A Bmi Of 35 Or Higher, Consider Weight Loss Surgery

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The fact is that for people with a lot of weight to lose (BMI over 35). only 5 percent of those who try traditional diet and exercise planssucceed in losing the weight AND KEEPING IT OFF!! On the other hand, with weight loss surgery, 95% succeed in both losing and keeping the weight off. Cost aside, think about it. The statistics speak for themselves.

- Submitted by ALANOFLINY 9/1/2010 in Weight Loss | 9 Comments
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LESHAUNETTE 9/1/2010 8:27:00 PM

    This secret to success is anything but. It is very discouraging. To post statistics that tells everyone with that BMI that they're pretty much wasting there time is against what Spark People is all about.
HIPPIE44 9/1/2010 12:11:00 PM

    I cannot agree with this at all as a secret of success. Thanks for trying to post something helpful - but I cannot agree with your statements at all.
25NEXTYEAR 9/1/2010 12:09:00 PM

    The truth is, it doesn't work for a lot of people. Me included. I had LAP-Band surgery and have only pain from my band now. I wouldn't recommend surgery to ANYONE. Really. It also lowered my metabolism.
NEVERMIND2010 9/3/2010 1:57:00 AM

    The 5% statistic has recently been debunked, and I would imagine the 95% is equally fictitious. The popular media do NOT understand scientific research, nor do most medical practitioners (who are not also researchers). I'm not surprised that a doctor who performs these types of surgeries would promulgate these "statistics" - because that doctor makes MONEY off of people who have the surgeries!
LADYJ6942 9/2/2010 9:29:00 AM

    I have to say that the only reason so many fail at traditional diets and exercise efforts is because they view it purely as a DIET vs. a Life Style Change. When you change your approach success is far GREATER!!
SOFT_VAL67 9/2/2010 7:55:00 AM

    I guess I am the only person who does agree. Not totally, I do know there are people who have lost weight with diet and exercise, and while they might not lose at Biggest Loser rates, or keep it all off for the rest of their lives. There are some success stories. However, I am at a bmi over 35, and I am trying desperately to get the doctors to do lap band on me, I would prefer gastric bypass, but, I would have to go to another city and go thru their program for 6 months, traveling back and forth, because the only doctor in my area who does gastric doesnt take my ins.
So, I am trying right now to lose the 20 lbs necessary before my surgeon will do the lap band, and so far, after 5 months, I am down a whole 8 pounds. Surgery is the only answer I can see on the horizon.
LA1975 9/1/2010 5:22:00 PM

    I can back up their data as I was told the same thing by a gastroenterologist. However I am still trying the traditional way.
NAMSMOMMY 9/1/2010 1:05:00 PM

    and WHERE did you do the research? Those numbers seem ridiculous.
NAMSMOMMY 9/1/2010 1:04:00 PM

    I couldn't DISAGREE more. Weight loss surgery is absolutely NOT for everyone, and especially just because your bmi is a certain number. Have you looked at the statistics of people who have the surgery, lose the weight, then end up gaining it back? Or the number of people who come up with long term permanent health issues or even temporary health or mental issues. The real secret to success with weight loss is up to YOU. Don't go looking for surgical answers unless you have done the research and talked it over not only with a doctor but with a counselor as well. Weight loss surgery is NOT for every person with a certain BMI number.

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