Monday, June 02, 2008
Fern Britton Admits to Gastric Band Surgery
I have to admit that I’m smidgen disappointed that Fern Britton had a Gastric Band fitted 2 years ago. I have noticed that she has lost a tremendous amount of weight and I thought this was all purely because of her passion for cycling. Although Fern Britton says that she did lose weight by eating healthy and exercising, I’m just not sure why she then felt the need for the gastric band.
Anyway, she says that she didn’t feel the need to tell everybody about it because it’s private but because the media were making speculations she decided to announce it on This Morning today.
Where does this leave people who are in a similar situation that Fern was in? Do they try and eat healthy and exercise or do they go for the “lazy” option and get a gastric band fitted?
First of all, a gastric band (aka lap band) is never a “lazy” option and is really just reserved for those who have tried numerous diets without success and feel that they cannot lose weight by any other method. There have been a number of different types of weight loss surgery available in recent years but the gastric band is considered to be the least invasive option.
The reason it is less invasive is because small key-hole incisions are made which helps to prevent scarring. The possible risks, side effects and complications are much lower. The gastric band which is fitted can be tightened or loosened depending on how the patient is progressing with the weight loss.
The great thing about this procedure is that in order for the tightness to be adjusted, the patient doesn’t actually have to undergo further surgery. If you decide to have the surgery and some time later decide you want it removed then you can have this done very easily.
Many people think of gastric band surgery as being a procedure that is used for purely cosmetic purposes. Many women dream of being able to sit on the beach wearing nothing but a skimpy bikini. However it’s very important that you realize that weight loss is more than just your physical appearance. Being obese also causes many health problems such as diabetes and heart disease.
If you are currently over weight you should certainly consider all your options and talk to your doctor about healthy weight loss. So many people don’t like to think of the negative impact fat has on their bodies but it is something you should take care of, if not for yourself but for your loved ones.