Weight loss surgery is hot. A lot of people are starting to see it as the only effective treatment we have for obesity. That’s just insane.
Here are some slides from a lecture at the obesity conference last weekend. The slide above shows the magnitude of the obesity problem. Bariatric (weight loss) surgery will hopefully never have to be used on more than a small minority of obese patients.
Why not operate on everyone? Here’s why:
Removing healthy organs
Here’s the three most common surgical procedures today. All of them are about stopping the normal function of the digestive system. The more effective surgeries (like Gastric Bypass) actually disconnect or remove healthy organs.
We live in a sick world when we need to surgically adapt our bodies to our industrial processed food.
The bigger the surgery the more effective it is, with a higher percentage of EWL (Excess Weight Loss). But at the same time the risk of compications increase.
What kind of complications? Here’s one list:
Vitamin deficiencies are common after weight loss surgery, but here they don’t tell us how common. I love how they instead claim that “Vitamin/Protein malnutrition is a result of non-compliance with vitamin recommendations and food sources”. Really?
Another explanation could be that vitamin / protein malnutrition is a result of removing or disconnecting the organs that absorb vitamins and protein. But of course then doctors couldn’t just blame the fat patient.
Why isn’t weight loss surgery the solution to the obesity epidemic? There’s a simple answer:
Removing healthy organs is not the solution to bad food.