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Jess Parsons

Jess Parsons

Posted February 11, 2015

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Obesity: Supporting satisfaction instead of surgery

Read More: calorie density, dairy, government, health, meat industry, money, processed food, surgery, weight loss

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Hot news from down under - a couple of surgeons who perform bariatric (stomach-stapling) operations would like to perform more of them on us, and would like tax money to fund their work. The media is running their advertisement as if it were a public health statement.

I've battled weight problems for my adult life, and I know there is no magic bullet for maintaining a healthy weight. Neither is there a magic scalpel. Cutting open your body to reduce your stomach capacity and all that could mean for your future is not a tenable general treatment.

Battling obesity en masse

New Zealand is, like most developed countries, guilty of more reporting than acting on the growing obesity problem. While this is always a sensitive subject, a recent longterm study showed that while there are obese healthy people, they are much less likely to remain healthy over the years.

So is it true that "Surgery still remains the most capable strategy for inducing robust and long-term weight loss"? May I see the source please? The (US) National Weight Control Registry research does not mention surgery at all in their summary of how most of their participants lost long-term weight.

But I am even more interested that New Zealand's tax money supports industries that support obesity. Fatty cholesterol-rich foods like beef, pork, chicken, eggs, and dairy. "Added-value" processed foods, which take natural raw foods and package them for the highest profit and shelf life instead of fiber and nutrients. Food technology trumps food quality.

Calorie density

Why does this matter? Jeff Novick, RD, MS explains in this article and this video presentation, but in short, calorie density reigns supreme in how much people eat.

Steak doesn't fill you up like oatmeal. Potato chips won't fill you up like potatoes.

Where the money goes

So if we're going to tweak our economic contribution to solve the obesity epidemic, let's not psych everyone into thinking we have to catch up with the Aussies in dangerous life-altering surgery rates.

Let's at least stop being part of the problem, and remove tax funding from those industries harming our national health. Restrict their advertising which often reports positive health benefits or just plain fun...and often arrives in our schools to advertise to our children.

Help make healthy food cheaper, more available, and more acceptable instead.


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Terrific you addressed this issue. This kind of surgery is now so popular, it is advertised on TV as though it were a hair color product.

Unbelievable how incredibly LAZY people have become. Because losing weight is hard work - eating healthy, exercising - people will actually CHOOSE to have potentially deadly surgery just so they can avoid the perceived drudgery of hard work.

Also, I'm reading that many people who choose this surgery do not want to give up garbage food such as high meat/processed foods.

Going Vegan would be the "cure" for so many people complaining about how hard it is to lose weight. AND it would reduce the national health care costs that us Vegans have to bear.

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