An article I read about obesity surgery has really caught my eye today. So I thought it would be worth sharing my thoughts.
You can read it here if you're interested http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19982591
If you haven't got time to read it here's a basic summary: The National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death looked at the care given to more than 300 patients at NHS and private hospitals in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It found that many were given insufficient time or information to properly consent to the operations. It also found that not all patients were given access to dieticians and psychologists.
This report doesn't surprise me at all, I hope we get to a time when we see people holistically and give them the freedom and range of choice in their own health and not glitze up a very serious operation as a quick fix. I think its awful that many people who are in this situation aren't given the care and focus they deserve. There are so many options and professionals who can make a huge difference why aren't these services being fully utilised?
In my opinion surgery should be the last resort after looking at ways to help change your habits, behaviours or feelings towards food or yourself. Many times I've worked with people with weight issues and mostly I don't end up working on food but on confidence, self esteem and how they feel about their life. I've seen people go through these surgery solutions and it bothers me that people see this as the easy way out, I can honestly say it isn't.
I'm not saying I disagree with this type of surgery, for some people this is absolutely the right approach but you deserve to have all the information so you can choose what's right for you. It's worrying that we live in a culture where we want everything now regardless of what it costs in the long run. Is your body and mind really worth that little?
How can we help people feel good about themselves if we don't give them the tools to lead a balanced, healthy life? I hope more is done to integrate the services on offer as a result of this report. I'm so proud I get to see the faces and pictures of people I've helped lose weight, by addressing the underlying causes of their unhappiness, anxieties and stress. Its things like this that make my job worth while.
Hope you're having a good Thursday