There are many misconceptions about obesity, diet, and weight loss surgery. Some people perceive surgery to be “cheating” or an “easy way out.” Others believe they feel like failures because they were unable to lose weight on their own. We want to help you understand what's really going on with your body.
Obesity is a complex, chronic disease that goes far beyond any perceived lack of will power. We help you understand how your genes play a role in weight gain and how your body may work against you as you try to lose weight. We also want to make sure you know the facts.
Fact: Weight Loss Surgery Has Proven Health Benefits
Many studies have concluded that weight loss surgery is an effective treatment for metabolic syndrome, which includes several conditions such as high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, and obesity. As an effective treatment for metabolic syndrome, weight loss surgery (also known as metabolic surgery) has been shown to effectively:
- Lower blood sugar levels and reduce your risk for diabetes
- Lower blood pressure and reduce your risk for heart disease
- Cure sleep apnea and acid reflux
- Alleviate joint problems
Fact: Most People Keep the Weight Off
A study conducted at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Durham, NC, showed that more than 90 percent of the 2,000 veterans studied had maintained their weight loss 10 years after their surgery.
Fact: Weight Loss Surgery Is Safe
Studies show that people who undergo weight loss procedures live longer than those who need but do not have bariatric surgery. And, while there are risks and complications associated with all surgeries, weight loss surgery is relatively safe and results in positive outcomes. Most procedures are performed through small incisions, which results in less pain and promotes faster recovery.
Fact: Less than One Percent of People Who Qualify Get Weight Loss Surgery
Because of the well-documented benefits, more people are eligible for weight loss surgery than in previous years.
Feature Courtesy of Duke University School of Medicine