Surgery for weightloss

18 Nov 2010 2:56 PM - A decision not to be taken lightly...

According to a story on today's AM programme on ABC radio, more and more Australians are resorting to surgery to help them lose weight. 

I believe this is not a decision to be made without trying all the alternatives first and, regardless of whether they have worked or not, adopting a healthy diet. 

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is a significant challenge for many people and it is easy to see why they would resort to surgery.  However any surgery has it's risks and this type of surgery will affect the person's ability to eat certain foods and possibly compromise their ability to digest and absorb nutrients FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE!  

It concerns me that some people have this surgery without making any dietary or lifestyle changes and may become increasingly malnourished and unwell as a result.  This is presumably not the outcome they desired. 

Regardless of whether someone opts for surgery, I think it is critical that they work with a naturopath or other health professional trained in nutrition to ensure they are optimising their long term health (which is more than just a number on a set of scales).

In good health,

 

Kaye Wright
Naturopath