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Gastric Bypass -- NOT A Preferred Fat Loss Method

Posted Sep 12 2008 3:57pm

I just read a disturbing article on CNN.com regarding childhood obesitysurgery.

Is it not worrisome that in lieu of providing education for our children about the importance of physical activity and quality nutrition -- and taking the time to show them how to make it a part of their lives -- we're giving our surgeons permission to remove most of their stomach in order to lose weight?

Is it just me that thinks a human being would be better off with their digestive system fully intact, thus ensuring ideal food metabolism? Is anyone else bothered by the notion that, instead of promoting alternative options (beyond "trying every diet"), these surgeons willingly put teens under the knife for such an invasive, dangerous surgery?

Beyond the surgery issue, please don't get me started on the fact that they have a picture of Eric Decker doing what looks to be slow, long distance running "to effectively burn bodyfat." Nothing like that kind of picture to perpetuate the myth (as opposed to a picture of him strength training) that this type of exercise is most effective in promoting fat loss. I'll leave that topic for another blog. . .

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