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Miracle Surgery For The Obese

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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.

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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.

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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.

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