Man­age­ment of obe­sity

The Weekend Australian - - COMMENTARY -

Gra­ham Richard­son (“Un­healthy ob­ses­sion with spend­ing our su­per”, 12/1) re­minds us that its pur­pose is to pay for our re­tire­ment. But, when dis­cussing man­age­ment of obe­sity, the first ques­tion should be if a sur­gi­cal so­lu­tion is an ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion rather than how it can be paid for.

There are three sur­gi­cal op­tions, all with fail­ure rates. They are all more ef­fec­tive if the pa­tient fol­lows di­etary ad­vice, which would be ef­fec­tive on its own. Surgery (by gas­tric sur­geons not plas­tic sur­geons) is not a prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion; there are not enough sur­geons and there is not enough money. This prob­lem can only be re­solved by re­duc­ing calo­rie in­take and in­creas­ing ex­er­cise, not dig­ging into su­per. Gra­ham Pinn, Ma­roochy­dore, Qld

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