I've heard so many things about surgical weight loss and there is always pros and cons when it comes to making an informed decision about something like this. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would be good candidates for this type of surgery, especially for someone whose morbidly obese but there are a lot of things that one must take under consideration before attempting to alter their bodies in any way. In my hometown down in Mississippi, there was this young, beautiful, attractive woman that I knew, who in my opinion was not obese and in fact, she did not look overweight at all! I moved from there some time ago and I was told that she went in to have this weight loss surgery done, which was approximately 5 years ago. She had the surgery, went home and about a week later she started having serious complications and later died from the terrible side effects of the surgery. Everyone was saddened by the incident and that's why I decided to post this Article from Jillian Michaels, to make people aware of the dangers of having this type of operation done. During this time of year, people are trying to lose weight and some will go to the extremes of having various kinds of procedures done to accomplish their weight loss goals. I ask that everyone who reads this will consider your options before you make any kind of decision about having this type of procedure done. There are many other ways to lose weight and from my stand point of view, I would not have it done for myself because it's totally against Nature and I don't think that God wants us to alter our bodies in any way, but that's just my opinion and I would love to hear from someone else regarding having this type of life threatening surgery done, thanks! Be sure to watch the Video at the end of this post. ~EarthAngel~

Should You Consider Weight Loss Surgery?

Weight-loss surgery can be an effective way to lose a lot of weight, and recent research has shown that it can even reverse diabetes and other health-related problems, such as heart disease, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. But weight-loss surgery is not a quick fix nor is it a cure-all — and as with any major surgery, there are serious risks.

On Daily Dose With Jillian Michaels, Jillian offers her opinion on weight-loss surgery and what she believes to be a better option. If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, she says you have to weigh the possible repercussions carefully.

“This is a really tricky question because there are a lot of people who feel that they couldn't have done it without these surgeries,” Jillian says. “But I couldn’t disagree more. I don’t want to take away from the fact that there are people who have lost a good amount of weight from these surgeries, but that said, if you’re somebody who’s on the fence about it, it’s dangerous. Flat-out dangerous. Completely, 100-percent dangerous.”

Because weight-loss surgery is really just forced calorie restriction that causes you to lose weight, Jillian suggests exhausting all your other calorie-restriction options before considering a bariatric procedure. Joyce Schone, RD, LD, bariatric-surgery dietitian at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview in Minneapolis, agrees with this perspective.

"The surgery is a small piece of the puzzle," Schone says. "It's a tool, but not the key."

Jillian emphasizes that surgery is not a magic solution for obesity or obesity-related diseases. She says that when people feel they’ve tried everything and nothing’s worked for weight loss, it comes down to a lack of education about the basics of weight loss: counting calories, exercising properly, and knowing that you’re capable of positive change.

“If anyone ever asks you [if they should consider surgery], that should be your answer,”Jillian says. “Educate them about the dangers, and educate them about the facts of calories in, calories out. Remind them and let them know that they are capable of taking this on -- it just requires the proper information.”

If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, read on to discover your options and whether surgery might be right for you.

Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?

According to the National Institutes of Health, about 113,000 bariatric surgeries are performed each year, a rate that was rising but has largely leveled off. Candidates must usually have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 and a weight-related health problem, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. (A healthy BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered overweight, and a BMI greater than 30 is obese.)

Physicians don't approve all candidates for weight-loss surgery. Morbid obesity isn't the only factor; patients need to be medically and psychologically ready to adjust to new eating and exercising habits — along with a new body.

"Weight-loss surgery isn't for people who think it's the easy way out," says Daniel Procter, MD, who has been performing bariatric surgery for 30 years at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville. "You must be committed to the whole process."

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Comment by Madea ~EarthAngel~ on April 22, 2012 at 12:33am

Tell it like it is Catherine LOL! I hear you my friend and you certainly said a mouthful! That is so true; we need to learn to love ourselves, no matter how we look and we can always enhance our looks both inside and out. Get out in the fresh air and sunshine... take a walk everyday and start using natural & organic products; altering your body (the Temple) surgically, should not be an alternative!

Comment by Catherine Cronin on April 21, 2012 at 4:58pm

If people eat healthy food and exercise a little, there should be no need for surgery!

I have a wobbly belly from 5 kids...I have bags under and over my eyes, but I will NOT have surgery!! I am ME and that's what I am..! It took me years of life to look like this and I am ok with myself....just don't look too close...LOLOL!

Enjoy life....be happy...and Love Yourself!

Comment by Madea ~EarthAngel~ on April 21, 2012 at 4:35pm

Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this Robert and yes Catherine, the procedure is very dangerous and that's why I'm spreading awareness about this because I'm sure that most of us know someone whose had this procedure done or considering having it done. What most people don't realize is this; the procedure makes you eat less, the same as if you do it on your own, so why take those drastic measures when you can do the same thing by cutting calories or eating less?

I know it's not easy to lose the weight because I battle with it myself on a daily basis but I have taken the initiative to do what I need to do and that's to get up off my rear and exercise daily, which is the life of the body and also watch what I eat. I'm from the deep South and I was raised on Collard Greens, Fat Back, Corn Bread and Fried Chicken (making me hungry now lol) and the food was healthy but it was the way that we cooked it that was not healthy... the Soul Food way, which destroys the natural properties of the food. I am doing really well with my weight loss goals and by the Summer, I'll be half way there. Where there's a will there's a way, is what my Mom always said... And she was right!

Comment by Catherine Cronin on April 21, 2012 at 3:33pm

I have read a lot of stories about people who go for that type of surgery. Because they have not succeeded with diets, they think this is there only hope, but many have so many problems and complications afterwards I think it should be banned. Nothing is worth losing your life for the slight chance , and then if they do lose weight all the extra skin is another problem for them. It is a very dangerous procedure!

Comment by Robert Brown on April 21, 2012 at 10:27am

Yes I too agree with you that it is against Nature and I don't think that God wants us to alter our bodies in any way.

And it is also very dangerous in it self.


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