• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Miracle Surgery For The Obese

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Steven Hinchee Word Count 1235 Miracle Surgery For The Obese Today, in the 21st Century , the majority of our citizens are in a potential life and death struggle with a silent killer. This killer is slow, methodical and ruthless. It doesn't care how much money you have, the color of your skin, or what religion you believe in. Fortunately, this enemy can be easily defeated, for it only has one weapon. That weapon is us. Have you figured out what the enemy is? It's the unhealthy foods that most of us consume every day. Just like the cars we drive, our bodies need fuel to run. However, our bodies are not designed to store excess fuel. This excess fuel will eventually be converted to fat, and that is when the trouble starts. If this trend continues one eventually becomes overweight, or even worse, obese. Usually, a sensible diet, coupled with regular exercise, will be sufficient to maintain healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, for those who have not been successful at this, modern medicine has come to the rescue with a some new procedures that promise permanent results that were once thought impossible. ...read more.

Middle

Let's face it, no one is obese by choice! Gastric bypass is usually performed only after many other methods of weight loss have been tried and failed (Gastric). The decision to have Gastric Bypass Surgery is not one to take lightly. First, it is a surgical procedure and any surgical procedure, no matter how routine, carries risks that must be considered. Second, the recovery and life altering changes that result from this surgery are, to say the least extreme. The two most common types of surgeries are Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG) and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB). These procedures assist a patient in reducing food and caloric intake. Each procedure has its own associated medical risks and variations in the anticipated chance of success in losing weight (Hall). Dr. David Hall, of Lubbock Texas describes both procedures on the web site www.surgicalweightloss.com : The Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (VBG) and Lap VBG limits food intake by creating a small pouch in the upper stomach with a narrow outlet reinforced by a mesh band to prevent stretching. The pouch fills quickly and empties slowly with solid food, producing a feeling of fullness. ...read more.

Conclusion

In today's society, an obese person faces an uphill struggle. However, with the rapid advancement of these types of surgeries, obesity may soon be a thing of the past. In the mean time, if you run across an obese person, don't look upon them as different. Treat them with the dignity and respect they deserve. Remember, our society has no special guidelines to accommodate an overweight person. There are no overweight seating sections or overweight parking accommodations. Aside from the social challenges that obesity presents, there are the medical issues that we have already discussed. While Gastric Bypass surgery is nothing more than a surgical procedure, it has the potential to change lives. It can remove barriers that were once immoveable and give someone a chance that they otherwise would not have had. SOURCES 1. What is obesity?, Mike Dunlop July 25, 2004 http://www.healthcrazed.com/articles/obesity.htm 2. Surgical Procedures, Dr. David Hall July 25,2004 http://www.surgicalweightloss.com/surgicaloptions.aspx#vbg 3. Gastric Bypass Diet August 2, 2004 http://www.endowsec.com/pated/edtgs22.htm 4. 2003 Trend Tables, Center For Disease Control July 30, 2004 http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hus/tables/2003/03hus068.pdf 5. Just the FAQs: What Causes Obesity?, Jennifer Scott August 1, 2004 http://weightloss.about.com/library/blcauses.htm 6. Understanding Adult Obesity July 29, 2004 http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/unders.htm#Healthrisks 7. Gastrointestinal Surgery For Severe Obesity July 30, 2004 http://www.niddk.nih.gov/health/nutrit/pubs/gastric/gastricsurgery.htm 8. Emotional aspects of obesity August 3, 2004 http://my.webmd.com/content/article/46/2731_1678 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Food Technology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Food Technology essays

  1. A healthy diet when Pregnant.

    There are two basic types of vitamin A, the first is retinol which is to be found in animal produce such as eggs, butter and liver. The second type is called beta-carotene, sometimes called pro-vitamin A. Basically beta-carotene is stored in the body and then converted by the body into vitamin A as it is needed.

  2. Food Technology - Healthy School Meals

    Water There should be easy access to free, fresh drinking water. Salt and condiments Table salt should not be made available. If made available, condiments should be available only in sachets or in individual portions of no more than 10 grams or one teaspoonful.

  1. heal and social unit 2

    Another type of multifactor inheritance is high blood pressure, heart dieses, arthritis and cancer. This type of dieses is caused by a combination of environmental factors and mutations in multiple genes. Another type of Chromosome abnormalities is Down syndrome. This type of disorder happens because abnormalities in chromosome number or structure can result in disease.

  2. Nutrition and Lifestyle

    been burning up its energy reserves and needs to shut down for a while." Adenosine levels in the brain rise during wakefulness and decline during sleep Smoking Cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals, including at least 40 that cause cancer.

  1. Globalisation and regulation of food risks. A theoretical overview.

    World-systems theory and other Marxist-inspired theories consider globalisation as a (new) historical phase in which large corporations are increasingly controlling the world economy. 6 These large private corporations impose their mode of production on a world scale and because of the absence of global regulatory institutions their power is virtually unchallenged.

  2. Why is it so difficult for humans to lose weight?

    Are some people genetically predisposed to be obese? Obesity can be influenced by an inherent factor, but it can be controlled by calory intake, energy expenditure and the level of physical activity (Bray, 1988 in Capaldi 2001). A study of obesity started back at the early 1950s, when an unusually big mouse was spotted in the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbour, Maine (The Guardian, January 2003).

  1. Lesson Plans For Healthy Lifestyle 2004.

    What is it trying to achieve? 10.30am BREAK TIME 10.45am Which aspects of the high protein diet would you follow? Would you consider it to be a healthier eating plan? Can you give up convenience foods? 10.55am Hydrogenation - what is it?

  2. When we think of diets, the majority of us associate diets with obese people ...

    * includes a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains, a good source of fibre * includes enough fruits and vegetables (a variety of each, five to nine servings each day) * has a small number of calories from added sugars (like in candy, cookies, and cakes)

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work