Management of obesity
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