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                                           Lap Bands, Lap Belts... Are They Effective?
                                                           By Katt Mollar



   ? Obesity has become a major health problem worldwide and especially in the western world. The
World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that this "globesity" epidemic includes over one billion
overweight adults of which at the least 300 million are considered obese. Over two thirds of Americans
are overweight and about one third are considered obese. Likewise in 2004, over 6 million Canadians
were overweight and over 4.5 million were obese.

Contributing factors include reliance on fast foods, super-sized eating and substituting television and
computers for more active pursuits. The enormous surge in obesity has meant a similar surge in
obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and orthopedic problems.

People who become or remain seriously overweight face a disturbing array of problems including high
blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, coronary heart disease, stroke, congestive heart failure,
Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, gallstones, low back pain, heartburn, obstructive sleep apnea and
some types of cancer, to name a few.

Beyond medical problems, obesity also creates psychological disorders including depression, eating
disorders, distorted body image and low self esteem. These issues are aggravated by social norms
that place a high value on physical attractiveness and stereotype obese people as lazy or
undisciplined.

The causes of obesity are multifactorial and are determined by a combination of genes, metabolism,
behavior, culture, and environment. For most people, obesity results from eating too much and not
being active enough. Portion sizes continue to increase. Fast-food restaurants encourage customers to
"super size" and purchase "value" meals. Further, people eat out more often than in the past and many
restaurants offer huge portion sizes.

Less than one-third of American adults report that they do at least thirty minutes of brisk walking or
other moderate activity on most days of the week, and almost half engage in no leisure-time activity at
all. Television and other electronic media contribute to obesity through commercials urging people to
buy food of low nutritional value, and by encouraging sedentary behavior.

The clinical nutrition research center at the University of Alabama have proposed a number of
contributing factors for obesity.

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1. Getting too little sleep.

2. Hormones control body weight. Many of today's pollutants affect hormones.

3. More people live and work in temperature-controlled homes and offices, reducing the body's
requirement to burn calories staying cool or warm.

4. As people smoke less, they eat more.

5. Many drugs including contraceptives, steroid hormones, diabetes drugs, some antidepressants, and
blood pressure drugs can cause weight gain.

6. People gain weight as they age. The world is getting older as a group.

7. There's some evidence that the older a woman is when she gives birth, the higher her child's risk of
obesity. Women are giving birth at older and older ages.

8. The environment may create genetic changes that increase obesity.

9. There's some evidence obese people are more fertile than lean ones. If obesity has a genetic
component, the percentage of obese people in the population should increase.

10. Obese women tend to marry obese men. To the extent that obesity is genetic, it may become more
prevalent.

In a recent study more than 30 percent of respondents cited having dieted between three to five times
and a quarter has attempted dieting at least 20 times. 60 percent of respondents regained weight after
their diets ended, almost half seeing at least 75 percent of total weight lost return and 20 percent
adding more weight than they lost.

Other studies have cited overall diet failure rates as high as 95%. Many nutritionists and obesity
researchers believe that diets fail because most are not sustainable. The more restrictive the diet, the
less likely an individual will be to remain faithful to it because in general, people cannot endure
extended periods of hunger and deprivation.

Another reason diets may fail is that they neglect to teach dieters new eating habits. Since the
weight-loss diet is viewed as a temporary measure with a beginning and an end, at its conclusion, most
dieters return to their previous eating habits and often regain the lost weight or even more weight.
Those who work with people who are overweight or obese assert that diets do not fail; instead, dieters
fail to learn how to eat properly to prevent weight regain.

Faced with years of failure at losing weight through diet and exercise, many obese people are turning
to bariatric surgery. The number of weight-loss surgeries has skyrocketed with 205,000 surgeries
having been performed in 2007, up from 47,200 in 2001, according to the American Society for
Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Bariatric surgery results in a modification of the digestive tract so that less food can be eaten and/or
fewer nutrients can be absorbed into the body. There are two main types of bariatric surgery.



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(1) Restrictive Operations which alter the size of the stomach by placing a constricting band around it,
reducing its capacity from melon-sized to egg-sized. A person who has undergone "lap band" surgery
usually cannot eat more than one cup of food at a time.

(2) Gastric By-Pass Surgery where the surgeon removes a portion of the stomach to reduce the size.
Then, the first part of the small intestine is bypassed. As a result, the patient can tolerate only small
amounts of food and the food that is consumed passes much more rapidly through the digestive tract,
reducing the amount of absorbed nutrients.

The average bariatric surgery patient is a woman in her late 30s who weighs approximately 300
pounds. Two-thirds had an average of five obesity-related conditions, including high blood pressure,
diabetes and sleep apnea. The average patient spent three years deciding whether to have surgery.

The Consensus Panel of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) emphasizes the need for
multidisciplinary care of the bariatric surgical patient to manage problems and address nutrition,
physical activity, behavior and psychological needs. In 2004 these recommendations were updated to
include persons with a BMI of 30 to 34.9 who have additional medical problems associated with obesity
and underscored the need for multidisciplinary pre=operative and post-operative care.

The decision to undergo bariatric surgery should not be made without fully exploring the benefits and
the risks. Obesity surgery works successfully for many patients. Typical success rates range from
45-75 percent for stomach bypass and 40-60 percent for gastroplasty. Success rates for bariatric
surgery far exceed those for conventional dieting, especially when patients take advantage of bariatric
support groups or other types of weight loss help.

Surgery was also associated with reductions in diabetes, hypertension, and other co-existing
conditions and improvements in health-related quality of life.

However, while bariatric surgery can be dramatically successful, there are significant surgical risks and
the results do not always last. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is approximately one death per
200-300 surgeries.

Blood clots, which are more likely to occur in the seriously overweight, have also been associated with
this surgery. Surgical intervention issues such as leaking at the staple lines in the stomach or incision
hernia are also possible complications. Some patients, especially those who continue to eat sweet or
high fat foods, experience "dumping syndrome". Food moves too quickly through the digestive system,
resulting in nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness and sweating. The lowered absorption of food and
nutrients can lead to vitamin deficiencies, dehydration, gall stones, low blood sugar, kidney stones and
intolerance for certain foods. Although not properly labeled a risk, many people who undergo bariatric
surgery lose weight very quickly and consequently are left with large amounts of excess skin that
cannot be re-absorbed by the body. Also, weight loss is sometimes uneven, leading to excess fat
deposits in some areas of the body.

While bariatric surgery can seem like a miracle for the seriously obese, making that "slicing off fat"
dream come true, the tragic reality is that for some people, the weight loss is not sustained. A landmark
2006 study showed that the failure rate when all patients are followed for at least 10 years was 20.4%.


How can this happen? It's actually not that difficult. Even when a person's stomach has been banded

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or surgically altered to reduce the size, it is possible to slowly re-expand the size of the stomach. When
a person who undergoes bariatric surgery does not make the necessary lifestyle changes, they can
undo all of the good that was done by the surgery.

The rock bottom reality is that bariatric surgery can give an obese person a fresh start, rapidly
improving their health and dramatically accelerating the weight loss process. But, even if it looks like a
magic bullet, it's not. The same need to change lifestyle habits apply. The good news is that it may be
much easier to make those changes when a person is not facing the uphill battle of needing to lose
100+ pounds allowing one to quickly enjoy much greater physical health and the emotional boost that
comes from achieving a better physical appearance.

While there are inherent risks, the consensus is that bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for
severe clinical obesity. However, anyone considering this surgery should recognize that success is
fleeting unless there is a serious and long term commitment to changes in lifestyle.



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                             Lap Band Cost: know about the cost for lap band surgery
                                                         By Alan-James



People prefer Lap Band Surgery because it produced satisfactory results as compared to other
surgeries for morbid obesity. But, being better than others only does not mean that anybody should
undergo Lap Band Surgery. Lap Band Cost is also one of the most important factors to be considered
before undergoing Lap Band Surgery. Lap Band Cost is different for different cities and different
hospitals. Lap Band Surgery may cost you between $10,000 and $15,000. To be aware of all the
factors of Lap Band Cost may help to avoid problems later. When you already know about the Lap
Band Cost you can plan well to spend money according to your budget. Lap Band Cost includes
everything like surgeon’s fees, hospital charges, medications etc. and you must take that you have
searched well for Lap Band Cost before undergoing Lap Band Surgery.

The amount you pay for your surgery will vary. There isn't an established cost or price for Lap Band
Surgery, which is included for Lap Band Cost. Your surgery may or may not be covered under your
current health insurance plan. Travel to Mexico is just one way to get a low Lap Band Cost. There are
many countries offering cheap or low cost weight loss surgery or lap band surgery. Compare costs of
surgery along with all travel expenses.

Make sure if you're traveling away from home for Lap Band Cost, then it’s better to consider the travel
time and related travel expenses for both the surgery and the follow-up appointments. Do not
underestimate the number of follow-up appointments you might need and find out if you can do those
in the US or your country of residence. Many factors can affect the total
http://www.lapbandsurgeryz.com Band Cost including the gastric surgeon you choose, the country
you choose to have the surgery performed in and what fees are included or not included in the total
price. You might get some attractive offers from some clinics to get Lap Band Surgery done at low
cost, but do not believe them. Search well before going for Lap-Band Surgery, how and where you can
get the Lap-Band Surgery done at reasonable prices?

Alan James1 is the researcher and writes articles for lap band surgery z com. He is writing about lap
band surgery. He has been working about this topic for three years. He has completed his post
graduation from Boston University. For more information about lap band surgery, Lap Band Diet, Lap
Band Cost and any kind of lap band topic visit at http://www.lapbandsurgeryz.com




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