Surgery might be the answer to solve your weightloss woes in 2016

Did you promise to say goodbye to that extra weight when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve?

You’re not alone. Results from the 2011–12 Australian Bureau of Statistics Australian Health Survey show that almost almost two-thirds (63%) of Aussie adults are overweight or obese, so it’s not surprising a number of us made new year’s resolutions to ditch the kilos this year.

If you haven’t yet managed to shift any weight, a Gold Coast doctor has revealed the most scientific way to lose the fat and keep it off. While banning chocolate and slogging it out in the gym can help shift a few pounds, Doctor Jason Free says many of us should also be considering surgery as an option. “Research shows that a weightloss/surgical operation, such as Gastric Sleeve, Gastric Band or Gastric Bypass, is the only scientifically proven method to maintain longterm weightloss,” he told myGC.


Dr Free said that while a lot of people choose to undergo surgery for appearance purposes, there are many health benefits. Overweight individuals often suffer a range of health complications including arthritis, sleep apneoa, high blood pressure and diabetes. They are also have a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.

“A number of patients are motivated to undergo surgery for appearance purposes and to improve their self esteem, rather than health optimisation,” Dr Free said. “However there are also dramatic health benefits of bariatric surgery and we can help identify patients whom would benefit the most from a surgical solution.”

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