According to the recent article on Examiner.com, Celebrity chef Graham Elliot, who has lost 150 pounds following a sleeve gastrectomy in July, is “defending his choice” to have bariatric surgery against critics who said he took the “easy way out.”
Research confirms that surgery beats diet and exercise for producing rapid weight loss, but bariatric surgeons are frustrated by the negative stigma surrounding weight-loss surgery. “People lose sight of the fact that the patients aren’t just obese, they’re sick,” said bariatric surgeon Dr. Alan Wittgrove. “It’s not as easy as just losing weight.”
Dr. Wittgrove said it’s unfair that weight-loss surgery is viewed as the lazy person’s way out of obesity, saying no one would accuse someone who gets cancer surgery as lazy.
We are very pleased to see the positive argument for Bariatric/Metabolic Surgery shift away from just weight loss to improved health. Many of our patients can relate to chef Graham that weight loss is not the main goal but being healthy is. To read the Examiner.com full story click here.