Lap-Band Controversy

A drastic way to lose weight that has many potential side-effects

How would you like to have a tight ‘band’ around your stomach in order to help you lose weight?  Last Sunday night, current affairs programme ‘Sixty Minutes’ featured a story about Lap-Band Surgery.  This procedure simply is one where the opening to the stomach is fitted with a tight-fitting silicon band to help reduce stomach capacity and appetite. 

Doctor Paul O’Brien, who featured in the story, was advocating lap-band surgery as being the ‘solution’ to obesity in Australia and while the surgery costs over $10,000, he wants to see it covered by the public health system in order to put less ‘stress’  on our hospitals in the future when obesity-related diseases like diabetes, will become more commonplace. 

While this seems like an ‘easy’ solution to obesity, the reality is not quite so rosy.  There are numerous side-effects of lap-band surgery that were ‘glossed’ over (and totally ignored) during the segment.  Basically, Dr O’Brien explained that a person with a lap-band can only eat 1/2 cup of food at meal times, so obviously the most common problem is when people try to eat too much or too quickly and vomiting results.  In addition to this, other negative effects may include:  heartburn, reflux, dehydration, difficulty swallowing, constipation, stomach obstruction, lap band ‘slippage’, increased risk of gallstones / pancreatitis, tearing of the stomach wall, protein deficiency, hair loss and post-surgery rejection / infection.       

Obviously, Dr O’Brien stands to make a lot of money if lap-band surgery is covered by our public health system, as otherwise he would be advocating eating good, healthy food and exercise as a genuine ‘solution’  to the Australian obesity epidemic! 

Take our own Nusia Gent, The Natural Way Slimmer of the Year for 2010.  Nusia started The Natural Way weighing 109kg:

A combination of our own fantastic formulations, tasty eating plans (where you can eat much more that 1/2 cup of food per meal) and expert, individual weight loss counselling, means that Nusia is literally half the woman she used to be…and the only side-effect from her sensational weight loss results is trying to juggle a suddenly-hectic social life with her newfound love of exercise.       


 If Nusia can do it, so can you (without invasive surgery!).  Call The Natural Way today on 1300 SLIMMER (7546637) and book a FREE consultation to find out more about our fantastic weight loss programme.

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About Lose Weight With Sue

I am a naturopath for The Natural Way. We have 24 clinics nationally that help people to lose weight & educate on how to keep it off.
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2 Responses to Lap-Band Controversy

  1. DavidE says:

    I saw the program, and I was surprised by how little the people who had the Gastric Banding had learned. They didn’t talk about healthy eating, and healthy lifestyle choices, but just about eating less. And they sure didn’t look healthy. I listened to Nusia on YouTube and loved what she said: “You can eat without feeling deprived…” Good on you, Nusia

  2. Tama says:

    Absolutely agree; not only is any surgery dangerous in itself, the risk of infection in hospitals together with the possible side effects and the ability to only eat half a cup of food at any one time only solidifies my opposition to this procedure. Surely good healthy eating and learning to control your portion sizes makes more sense and without any side effects except reducing weight and being healthier………

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