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Another reason to lose weight the old-fashioned way!!!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Some of you may know that I'm an advocate of permanent changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle, as well as a "slow-and-steady" approach, to lose weight and keep it off. As part of my research for the course I teach (Food, Hunger and Obesity: from biochemistry to political economy), I recently came across this article:

Corcos, O. et al. (2013). Intestinal failure after bariatric surgery. Lancet, 382:742.

This was a medical case study and the facts were essentially these: a woman with a BMI of 45 had laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding. 28 months later she shows up at the hospital with mal-nutrition and liver failure. Starting 16 months after banding she had acute vomiting, abdominal pain, dehydration and acute renal failure. Parts of her gastric system has started to die and they had to do gastric bypass surgery. Then she developed chronic diarrhea and vitamin deficiencies.

Scary stuff.
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    727 days ago
    With any surgery, risks must be weighed against the possible-potential benefits. As a GI RN I've seen horrible complications including death following bypass and banding. Of course I never saw the successes so that can certainly skew one's thinking.

    For myself, I decided to not pursue gastric surgery because it was stomach surgery and not brain surgery. As a binge eater, I wasn't convinced the surgery would help my bingeing or compulsive overeating.
    1757 days ago
    my 'gut feeling' says hands off when it comes to operations.

    the other day a friend of mine interested in the mysteries of the body commented that research shows about one in three adipose persons have experienced abuse. there's no operating that away.
    1757 days ago
    Good reminder. The work we do here...is good. Sometimes forward. Sometimes a step back.,..but a dance. And we know dancing is healthy.
    So, no short cuts....let's dance.
    Thanks for the post Tai.
    1758 days ago
  • BILL60
    Very scary!!
    1758 days ago
    Terrifying o.O;;;
    1758 days ago
  • NWFL59
    I chose to have the bypass bariatric surgery about 1.5 years ago. I don't consider the bariatric surgery to be an alternative to lifestyle changes. I view it as a tool to help you regain control over your eating and not a replacement for making the necessary lifestyle changes such as portion control, healthy food choices, exercise and addressing the reasons that lead one to become overweight. I have not had any complications from the surgery. I certainly don't think the surgery is a fix. I have not lost as much weight from the surgery as I'd hoped but then I am still struggling with the same issues I had before but I feel better able to (and willing to) deal with them as I continue to refine my eating and exercise habits while other positive and supportive lifestyle changes. emoticon
    1758 days ago
    So sad! My friend had a stroke while having surgery for her second gastric bypass and was on life support for a month. She never made it. It is everyone's choice to do what they feel is right for them. Some people have great success, others not.
    1758 days ago
  • KELPIE57
    Scary indeed
    1759 days ago
    My aunt had lap-band surgery, but did not address her food addiction. She now has regained all the weight she lost, plus some. Sad!
    1759 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    I agree! Yes it is very scary! Thx for sharing!
    1759 days ago
    Wow. It is scary!
    1759 days ago
  • NOMIS1
    I think if it is done you still have to eat sensibly and exercise. There is no way around it. No magic pill. If there was we would all be lining up.
    1759 days ago
    I have a friend who chose the surgery over lifestyle change. It destroyed her life.
    1759 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    I knew people, years ago who almost died but I know people who had it more recently (like this yea) who are doing great but I do agree with you that it shouldn't be done
    1759 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    That is enough to scare you away from losing weight that way. It does work for some but there are always risks that go along with any surgery!
    1759 days ago
    Very scary. My sister just had gastric bypass surgery and she is having a heck of a time. She had the sleeve which is suppose to be the more safer option, but so far I don't see that being the case. She has been to the hospital twice for dehydration. I hope she does come through it. She didn't even have that much weight to lose and I never understood how she got approved.
    1759 days ago
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