More and more people get surgery for weight loss and now that even includes teens. Do you see surgery as a good way for managing weight problems?
A Family Affair
Diabetes, kidney failure, spinal problems and respiratory failure – that sounds like the diagnosis of an 80 year old woman, but belongs to a 19-year-old girl from Wales. Georgia weighs 784 lbs (356 kg) and recently the whole front of her family’s house had to be taken out to get her into a hospital.
At the same time that I heard about that girl’s sad tale, I also read that more and more teens receive bariatric surgery: a 250 lbs girl from Nebraska, one at 300 lbs from Massachusetts, a 340 lbs boy in Toronto – the list could go on and on. As recently as five years ago, weight loss surgery for teens wasn’t even on the table and now centers to perform it spring up left and right.
One thing stands out: obesity and performing surgery on it is a family issue. In two of the three articles I linked above, first one or two adult members of the family had it, then the child.
Is that the right way of action? Shouldn’t obese parents who had this costly procedure done think a bit about what led them into their misery? I would try to find a way to not let things get out of hand this far, especially where it concerns my child.
According to the article, it took the girl from Wales 18 months to increase her weight by 280 lbs (127 kg), which means she already weighed 500 lbs (227 kg) when she was around 17. I guess that as early as age 12, it was apparent that she had an eating problem. Did her family look on? Did they try to find help?
Barrel For Barrel
In this, we haven’t even talked about operations that are done purely for aesthetic reasons: cosmetic surgery. Sucking off a bit of the love handles here, “modeling” the thigh a bit there, it’s a billion dollar industry and the most money is made from liposuction. If there was a way to recycle the annually “lipoed” fat of the western population, we could probably solve our energy problems.
And what do you pay for? The possibility that due to the liposuction, you may gain fat that is even more unhealthy.
Would You Have This Done?
To me, the prospect of someone reducing me to helpless unconsciousness and then cutting into me is not very alluring, especially if there is a way around it. I break my leg, I better get a cast. I have an aneurysm, yes, please, cut me open and fix it. But if I have a weight problem, would I wait until my life is threatened? No. Would I have fat sucked off my tummy instead of trying to lose weight? A double-no. Any surgery carries a risk with it and for me personally it seems preposterous that I’d actually pay to enjoy that risk in an operation I could avoid.