One of the mum's at my son's school has just had this done. She's a big girl, and while she's quite active she honestly doesn't understand why she's never lost weight. So she had the surgery done. She had it done a few weeks before Christmas, and as at Christmas Eve she'd lost just over 13 kilos. She says she forgets to eat now and when she does she eats such a tiny amount. Actually today she's going to have the band filled and its a concern because she hardly eats now!!
The thing is, I had lunch with her the other day and she had a quarter of a muffin from Muffin Break. The thing is, now she's had the band put in and yes she's eating less but not of the right stuff. I don't think its made her any healthier in her eating habits she just eats a lot less - does that make sense?
I read an article in the paper a couple of months ago about how overeating is a result from emotional issues. Hello - prime example here. Whether it was something that was triggered by an emotional issue and became a habit, or a 'feel good' response, it becomes a problem. So when people have gastric banding or bypass or whatever, it just transfers the problems. In the article they had examples, one lady lost 60kg and she gradually became an alcoholic. She said she thought all her problems would be solved once she lost the weight but it just transferred. Another became a kleptomaniac. With counselling they were working on their problems.
I think by doing it the 'hard way' as we are, losing the weight slowly but surely in a safe manner, we are working on the reasons why we eat anyway. I think, personally, its safer for me to be in control of my eating and exercising, doing it a healthy way and learning what my triggers are. LOL my boys fight and especially during school holidays and yesterday was a shocker. The old feelings of despair crept in and I found myself wanting to go to the fridge!
I grabbed my water and headed outside with my book. I'm proud that I realised it was a trigger, and got myself out of harms way (sounds melodramatic doesn't it LMAO).
Anyway sorry for my ramblings. I was just so concerned for my friend that she's had it done and while I support her because its what she wants, I don't think I'd ever do it for myself nor would I recommend it.