The following 5 fast facts about weight loss surgery might help you decide whether or not a bariatric surgical procedure is right for you. Whether you’re not sure how big of a problem obesity really is, or you’re worried about the aftermath and emotional struggles, there’s always something new to learn and consider.
How Young is Too Young?
When obesity poses a significant health risk or becomes a life or death matter, bariatric surgery might be the only choice. To date, the youngest bariatric patient was 12 years old. So long as a child is aging and going through maturity at the proper rate based on menstrual periods, height, and bone density, weight loss surgery is not considered to interfere with growth and prosperity.
The cost of bariatric weight loss surgery varies significantly based on where you live. In the United States, bariatric weight loss surgery averages around $21,000. In Mexico, the average cost for the same procedure could be closed to $5,000. If you are a self-pay patient you might consider medical tourism as an affordable weight loss option. Please contact a Care Facilitator for a quote.
Celebrities Have Opted or Weight Loss Surgery
Sure it’s pretty obvious most of Tinseltown has had its share of plastic surgery, but did you know weight loss surgery is no stranger in Hollywood? American Idol’s Randy Jackson and Ozzy Osbourne’s wife Sharon Osbourne have both lost weight and controlled their appetites through weight loss procedures. A self-professed food addict, Sharon was never happy with her gastric lap band because she felt she was cheating weight loss. Today, her lap band is removed and she follows a low-carb Atkins diet plan to keep the weight off. You can watch her emotional journey on “>Youtube.
The United States is NOT the Most Obese Country
Contrary to popular belief the United States is not the most obese country in the world. It’s the second. The South Pacific island of Nauru takes the cake. In fact, over 94% o Nauru residents are obese. On a lighter note, Japan and South Korea are the least obese countries in the world.
Weight Loss Surgery is the Lazy Way Out
Are you worried you’ll be considered a cop-out if you undergo weight loss surgery? Guess what? You’re not. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery:
Individuals affected by severe obesity are resistant to long-term weight-loss by diet and exercise. The National Institutes of Health Experts Panel recognize that ‘long-term’ weight-loss, or in other words, the ability to ‘maintain’ weight-loss, is nearly impossible for those affected by severe obesity by any means other than metabolic and bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgeries are effective in maintaining long-term weight-loss, in part, because these procedures offset certain conditions caused by dieting that are responsible for rapid and efficient weight regain following dieting.