Even though we’re inundated with images and advice about how we should look, dress and feel, the simple truth is that most of us have a body that is not perfect and are happy to accept the way we look.
But for many women (and some men), being overweight is more than just a fashion train crash – it’s the biggest threat to their health and their happiness. With a quarter of Britain’s adults now clinically obese, it’s time to stop burying our heads in the sand and face the fact that as the ‘Fat Man of Europe’, we need help!
The trouble is, diets – an industry that generated Weight Watchers over $1.8 billion in revenue in the year to September 2013 - just don’t work for most of us. Researchers at the University of California found that people who diet typically lose 5 -10% of their starting weight in the first six months, but between one-third and two-thirds of them — depending on the study — end up regaining more weight than they lost within a few years. It’s no surprise that 90% of women will spend over 15 years of their lives trying to lose weight this way; while only 1% of them actually stick to their new eating regime, according to one report.
But here’s the thing - this frustrating failure to control our weight poses serious health issues that have nothing to do whether you look perfect or not:
Three quarters of new cases of diabetes are linked to excess bodyweight.
Obesity reduces life expectancy by between 3 and 10 years, because it increases the risk of other health complications, such as severe breathing problems, liver and heart disease and certain kinds of cancer.
Being obese significantly decreases your chance of having a family and healthy children, with reduced natural fertility and an inability to access IVF programmes (most have an upper weight limit because the success rate is so low in obese women). Obesity also affects the health of both mother and unborn child by increasing the risk of serious complications during pregnancy and labour and ups the risk of stillbirth.
So what other solutions are there?
Phoenix Health is one of the UK’s leading bariatric surgery groups who treat private and NHS patients at clinics located throughout the UK and Ireland. They focus on providing lasting, minimally invasive solutions for people who are more than a few stone overweight and who haven’t managed to shift their weight with diets and exercise. Founded and led by renowned specialists who’ve already carried out over 5,000 keyhole weight loss procedures, the experience of their handpicked surgeons is unrivalled.
Phoenix Health also work with dedicated nurses, nutritionists and behavioural therapists who deliver a first class and in-depth aftercare support service – a service that’s been helping people get back to living fuller, healthier lives for more than 15 years.
Bariatric surgery isn’t a perfect solution - and it certainly isn’t going to give you that perfect body. But it works (over 99% of Phoenix patients lose weight) and with the right team, it can be a safer option than doing nothing.
Want to find out more about weight loss surgery?
Using a ground-breaking ‘virtual’ consultation app, Phoenix Health surgeon Professor David Kerrigan answers over 50 commonly asked questions - just visit this free link www.meetthesurgeon.com