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Response to MAD Dave (Reply #30)

Tue Oct 2, 2012, 06:33 PM

36. Gastric Bypass Surgery

"As an obese man and a gastric bypass patient I can assure you the views expressed in that email are far too common. While watching my nephew play soccer a few weeks ago, I overheard a couple talking about how unnatural gastric bypass surgery was and were expressing their disgust/disdain for people at get gastric bypass surgery and their anger at having the government of Saskatchewan (Canada) pay for the procedure.

Obesity is without a doubt the last publicly acceptable form of bigotry."


There are a couple of things that disturb me about the reaction people have to gastric bypass surgery.

First, for people who think that bypass surgery is "elective" and is done merely for appearance sake, those people are absolutely wrong. Obesity, especially extreme obesity, is very damaging to health and bypass surgery gives very beneficial results. This is not just my opinion, it's the conclusion reached by many health studies. Granted it's not free from complications and there's no guarantee of long term success but it's the best shot extremely obese people have of living a longer, healthier and more active life.

Second, there are some who are critical of bypass surgery as evidence of society's lack of acceptance of overweight people. This is also nonsense. Bypass surgery is a very effective medical treatment of a serious health condition, no more, no less.

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