Is Bariatric Surgery Necessary For Success?
Our previous blog post explained why we at DFW Bariatric Institute believe obesity requires a multi-factor approach to treatment. Insurance companies and employers together need to see this disease as a growing problem, and realize that giving everyone a gym membership is not going to automatically fix anything. The use of diet, exercise, and pills to treat this disease can fail up to 98 percent of the time. Though some people successfully overcome obesity by these means (2%), procedures such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery are methods of treatment that have been predominantly effective.
A recent New York Times article suggested that naming obesity a disease is detrimental because that determination would mean that 1/3 of our country is classified ill. The author of the article went on to say that people might then rely more on costly drugs and bariatric surgery rather than lifestyle changes. However, when a problem like obesity is so common, refusing to name the condition as an illness or an epidemic is sort of like sticking your head in the sand. When a condition such as obesity is so impactful, affecting such a large portion of society and growing, how does that condition not deserve more attention? When people are 50 to 100 pounds overweight, it has been proven that you will live a shorter lifespan because of the increased risk of other diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and cancers. Unfortunately, obese individuals are living with a stigma, and they are victims of societal prejudice. When there are proven ways to help treat obesity, why are we as a country not pursuing ways to increase access to this much-needed care?
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