Surgery to lose fat?
I stumbled on an article today which is alarming to say the very least. It claims that Australians are turning to the knife for weight loss and that a new survey shows the number of Australians using surgery to lose weight has increased tenfold in the past 10 years.
This is very scary indeed considering 1 in 5 people in Australia are considered obese.
Amazingly, weight-loss surgery cost the Federal Government about $15 million (AUS) in Medicare benefits in 2007.
Unfortunately, I think the fitness industry itself needs to cop some of the blame for this squarely on the chin.
How can this be?
With a myriad of quick-fix solutions being flaunted by every second ‘snake-oil’ salesman, one can be easily misled down the wrong path into ‘delusional fatloss’.
‘Six-pack abs in 5 minutes a day!‘, ‘Lose your beer-gut in just 5 weeks!‘ and ‘Lose fat sitting on your arse whilst this vibrating device melts your fat away‘ are all ridiculously common selling propositions.
Someone tipping the scales into the ‘obese’ category can potentially fall into such traps rather easily.
It’s once having trialled such expensive time-wasters, that people are left opting for ‘last-resort’ weight-loss methods such as lipo-suction and gastric banding to name but two.
The rest of the blame lands squarely on the individual
Make no mistake, we are all responsible for what goes into our bodies and how much we choose to exercise. There is no quick fix, not magical pill.
It’s all about dedication and sticking to your plan for the long haul.
Editor’s Note: Would you consider surgery to lose fat? Comment below.