CHRIST­MAS CAN WEIGH HEAVY

DON’T LET OBE­SITY BE­COME A PART OF YOUR LIFE­STYLE

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With Christ­mas fast ap­proach­ing, our minds turn to fam­ily, friends and the boun­ties of Christ­mas fam­ily lunches and din­ners.

For some, the ‘sea­son of giv­ing’ weighs heavy as they no­tice ex­tra ki­los pil­ing onto the al­ready bur­den­some ac­cu­mu­la­tion they have gained over the years – and that stub­bornly will not shift.

An ex­cess of body fat is called obe­sity. Obe­sity is con­sid­ered one of the big­gest health­care is­sues fac­ing our na­tion to­day and it af­fects more than a per­son’s self-es­teem, it is linked to ev­ery­thing from coro­nary heart dis­ease, fer­til­ity prob­lems, di­a­betes, joint prob­lems and can­cer.

For those who feel there is no end to their bat­tle to lose weight – lo­cal sur­geon, Dr Evan Willing­ham says weight-loss surgery pro­vides a safe treat­ment op­tion that of­fers a bet­ter qual­ity of life, im­prove­ment or cure from co­mor­bidi­ties and a longer life ex­pectancy; and it is more suc­cess­ful than di­et­ing in the long-term.

Dr Willing­ham has a strong in­ter­est in bariatric surgery and is an ad­vo­cate for the trans­for­ma­tive ef­fect weight-loss surgery can have on his pa­tient's life.

"Weight-loss surgery is safe and ef­fec­tive and there are a num­ber of op­tions avail­able; how­ever, sleeve gas­trec­tomy is the most com­mon oper­a­tion per­formed for obe­sity in Aus­tralia.

"Pa­tients can ex­pect to lose about 70 per cent of ex­cess weight (weight above nor­mal range) in the first year and 60 per cent after five years and with the Roux-en-y gas­tric by­pass, which is con­sid­ered the "Gold Stan­dard" in weight loss surgery, pa­tients may lose 77 per cent ex­cess weight after one year and 69 per cent after five years," he said. Dr Willing­ham says there are other op­tions avail­able de­pend­ing on the goals of the pa­tient but rec­om­mends that any­one in­ter­ested in un­der­go­ing bariatric (weight-loss) surgery first talks to their Gen­eral Prac­ti­tioner to see if they are a suit­able can­di­date.

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