Last updated: 18 December 2015
It makes for shocking reading.
A report from the National Bariatric Surgery Registry revealed that more and more people are having weight-loss surgery – and many of them are under the age of 25.
Plus, nearly 40% of the patients included in the study were classified as super obese. But as you can imagine, there’s nothing super about this…
Putting the condition into perspective, someone classified as super obese has a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 50 or above.
A healthy BMI is said to be between 18.5 and 24.9. That means there’s a growing number of people whose BMI is double what it’s supposed to be… and many of them are young.
So what’s with the increase?
Here are some of the reasons:
- There’s more food available now than ever before
- A lot of what people eat has no nutritional value but is primarily made up of fats and sugars
- Young people tend to lead more sedentary lifestyles than they did in the past, spending hours stuck in front of some kind of electronic device
- The availability of food coupled with the rise in technology inevitably leads to a lack of motivation to take any form of exercise.
Whatever the reasons, beyond the most tried and tested solution – which is to have a balanced, healthy diet and to exercise regularly – there other courses of action to help you slim down.
Let’s take a look at two that often attract a lot of curiosity…
- Weight-loss surgery to restrict the size of the stomach and limit how much food can be eaten
- Hypnotherapy which can be used to implant suggestions into the mind in an effort to control eating habits from within
The Pros And Cons Of Weight-Loss Surgery
This procedure is usually considered only after more traditional methods have tried and failed, such as diet and exercise.
So what does weight-loss or bariatric surgery have going for it?
- It’s easy – the patient simply has to turn up, have the op, and their problems are over
- It’s effective – figures show that 60% of patients are successful at losing excess weight after surgery
- It’s safe – patients are given a gastric band or gastric bypass, limiting or rerouting their intake of food. Nothing is removed from the patient, so as operations go it’s relatively simple. Of course, there’s always some risk involved with every surgical procedure.
And the down sides…
- It’s uncomfortable – it’s an operation, so you can expect varying degrees of discomfort following the procedure. Some of the unpleasant side effects you might experience include nausea and regurgitation of food
- It’s heavy on resources – it takes an army of medical personnel to diagnose, admit, operate and care for patients before, during and after surgery
- It’s expensive – in most countries medical care isn’t free, and unless you have adequate coverage an operation of this type can cost a bomb. In countries with a contributory health service like the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK, the procedure may be offered for free. But even when it is, it’s usually restricted to people whose obesity presents a life-threatening condition.
Cost is a significant factor.
In a recent article published by the BBC, the chairman of the National Bariatric Surgery Registry is quoted saying that the rise in levels of obesity were threatening to “bankrupt the NHS.”
This gives you some idea of the scope of the problem.
But the costs don’t stop there. Obese patients are highly prone to diabetes. In the UK alone, treatment for diabetes costs more than £1.5 million every hour. If left untreated, patients can go on to experience nerve damage, blindness and even amputation.
Who knew a few extra donuts every now and then could be so catastrophic?
Hypnotherapy For Weight Release
For some people, an operation is out of the question. They might be afraid, or they might not be able to afford it. Perhaps the waiting lists are simply too long and they don’t have the means to opt for private medical care. Or they simply would prefer to go down a more natural route.
This is where hypnotherapy can be a very effective means for weight loss if traditional methods have failed. Its success has been proved for decades and there are many hypnotic techniques available to assist with the underlying causes.
One solution under these circumstances is gastric band hypnotherapy. Therapists use a variety of techniques such as hypnosis, NLP, CBT, positive suggestion and visualization. They convince their patients that they’ve had a “virtual” gastric band fitted.
So what are the benefits of going down the hypnotherapy route? Here are just a few…
- There’s no risk – you’ll be hypnotized, giving suggestions, and woken up again
- There’s nothing to fear – you might feel embarrassed about your size, but you shouldn’t feel afraid. It’s just a bit of harmless hypnosis that could end up changing your whole lifestyle for the better
- The costs are minimal in comparison – a few sessions of hypnotherapy, including follow-ups to check your progress, won’t cost anywhere near what surgery will.
- There are no side effects – you’ll come out of your altered state of consciousness feeling refreshed and renewed, just like you would with any hypnosis session. Apart from that – and the suggestions implanted in your mind – you’ll be able to get on with your life exactly as normal.
And that’s just the beginning. While successful surgery can correct the problem, it’s really just a quick fix. There’s no guarantee it’s going to work forever, and the second time round will probably be even more expensive.
Hypnotherapy, on the other hand, is a long-term solution. It helps patients deal with the underlying concerns in ways that surgery can’t. It gets them to face up to emotional and psychological issues head-on, such as where the need to overeat comes from.
For example, is it for comfort, a cry for help, or has overeating become an addiction that’s simply gotten out of control?
Surgery works, that’s for sure, but is it the right approach? One argument against surgery is the fact that it teaches patients absolutely nothing.
With hypnotherapy, people can begin to understand their bodies and what they’re doing to them. They can begin to take responsibility for their own lives. They can acquire the tools they need to adjust their eating habits from the inside out.
There’s an old Chinese proverb that sums it up perfectly:
“Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” tweet
Surgery is like giving a man a fish. It solves the problem temporarily, taking the responsibility for how the patient got that way out of his or her hands.
Hypnotherapy is like teaching a man how to fish. It gives patients control over their bodies and their eating habits by changing the way they think about food and their health.
A Worldwide Worry
Here’s how bad the situation is getting. In the UK, the NHS is considering offering more of its patients gastric band surgery – not only to combat obesity – but also to limit the number of cases of diabetes!
And the problem is becoming a universal one. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, obesity rates in the US have more than doubled since the 1970s. Studies show that more than two-thirds of American adults are overweight or obese.
It’s one thing for adults who perhaps have chosen to go down that path, but the statistics for young people are even more alarming.
Almost 25% of 2–5 year-olds, and a third of school-age children in the US, are overweight or obese. And in many countries, the problem is worse among low-income families.
If you’re worried that your weight is getting out of control, you can take the first step to putting things right. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) will tell you instantly how much fat you’re carrying around with you, so calculating your BMI can give you the first warning signs of any likely danger.
How To Calculate Your Body Mass Index
As long as you know your weight and your height, you can calculate your own BMI. For example, suppose you’re 6 feet tall and you weigh 160 pounds. You could work out your BMI using the following calculation:
- Find out your weight in pounds
- Multiply your weight by 703
- Find out your height in inches
- Divide the result of step 3 (your weight x 703) by your height in inches
- Divide this number by your height in inches again by 72
For example: if you weigh 160 pounds and you’re 72 inches tall…
- Multiply your weight (160) by 703, to give you 112,480
- Divide that answer by 72, to give you 1562.22
- Divide that answer by 72 also, to give you 21.69
There are online BMI calculators you can use where you simply enter your height and weight and your BMI will automatically be calculated for you.
Obviously, if your BMI is 21.69, you’re not overweight. If it’s anywhere above 25, you should consider getting help. Seek out a professional who can advise you on the best course of action for you and your situation.
In the end, the choice of treatment is up to you. What would you choose? Go under the knife, or just go under? At least with hypnotherapy you know it’s 100% natural and you’ll come out of it on the other side…