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Obesity and Gastric banding Treatment

A news article published on Wales on-line one year ago highlighted that morbidly obese people are being told to eat more in order to be eligible for barriatric surgery leading reports indicate.
Dr Nadim Haboubi an obesity expert stated that the 0.1% of extremely obese patients were receiving surgery in Wales. He also stated that the single unit for specialist weight management services was “poorly resourced and unsupported” and there was a “desperate need for expansion” through other parts of Wales.
Why is the NHS placing so much hope in Barriactric band surgery when the end result will only be stomach cramps and a range of other symptoms.
A patient who has had a band fitted is limited to what they can eat and if too much then the gastric band restricts the stomach and refuses to allow the stomach to expand resulting in gastric pain.
If the patients eats certain foods it can make them vomit. As food can get caught where the band is and cause retching.

Health survey in Wales 2014

  • 20% of adults reported that they currently smoked.
  • 40% of adults reported drinking above the guidelines on at least one day in the
  • past week, including 24% who reported drinking more than twice the daily
  • guidelines (sometimes termed binge drinking). However, people do not
  • necessarily drink at these levels regularly.
  • 32% of adults reported eating five or more portions of fruit and vegetables the previous day.
  • 31% of adults reported being physically active on 5 or more days in the past week(1) and 34% on 0 days.
  • 58% of adults were classified as overweight or obese, including 22% obese.
  • There has been a decrease in smoking rates since the survey started in 2003/04. Obesity levels have increased during this time but not for the past 2 years, however changes from year to year are not statistically significant and it is too soon to judge if this represents a sustained levelling off of rates. There has been little change in physical activity during this time, rates fluctuate from year to year and the apparent slight increase for the most recent year was not statistically significant. Compared with guidelines, there has been a small decline in levels of drinking and in fruit and vegetable consumption since 2008 (when the current questions were introduced).

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