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The Band Butler Blog

Welcome to the Band Butler Blog (‘Triple B’)

In this blog I’ll give you my steer on weight loss surgery and everything related to it. Like any good butler I’ll try and provide wise counsel alongside some snippets of information that may help keep you on the straight and narrow. Most readers will either have had a gastric band or will be considering having one. For good measure I’ll talk from time to time about other procedures too as well as diet and lifestyle considerations.

I hope you enjoy reading it.

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Martyn Berrett,
Managing Director and Your Band Butler

General weight loss news

  • What exactly is the skinny jab?Martyn Berrett You may have seen the skinny jab advertised. Its not really what as it sounds. The so called skinny jab isn't really as it sounds. Here are the facts about it. There is a new drug called Saxenda which used to be marketed as a Diabetes drug. 15 December 2017 4:22pm
  • How does the consultation process work?Martyn Berrett It's a scary thought that next month is January 2018! Of course there is lots of fun to be had before then but in one month we'll all be trying to get over the excesses of holiday meals and many of us will be contemplating whether 2018 is the year... 12 December 2017 12:16pm
  • Stop Picking On Obese Nurses!Martyn Berrett The basis for the discussion was statistics published by two universities that showed that one in four (25.1%) nurses as obese and the rate even higher among care home workers and nursing assistants. This compares to 23.5% for the population as a... 07 December 2017 12:28pm
  • Gemma Collins thinks the Gastric Band is easy, what's the truth?Martyn Berrett In the article Gemma Collins emphasised that she was determined to lose the weight on her own through exercise and changing her eating habits. That's a great goal to have but the statistics show that only a very small proportion of people who are... 06 December 2017 9:34am
  • Self funding weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett Over the years we have seen thousands of people improve their health and happiness as a result of weight loss surgery. What is less well known is that we also see an improvement in their financial well being too. 30 November 2017 9:33am
  • 10 Statistics that sum up the UK's Obesity EpidemicMartyn Berrett There is a lot of talk about the UK's obesity epidemic in the news, we hear something on it every week. The problem is that we hear it so often we can easily switch off and miss the important points. 01 December 2017 3:01pm
  • How to assess your weight loss surgery providerMartyn Berrett Its so hard for people who are considering surgery to decide on who will be the best providers. It's a big decision and you'll be living with the consequences for the rest of your life. You'd get to know your partner before getting married so you... 02 November 2017 9:33am
  • Diabetes - More reason not to delay weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett The health benefits of weight loss surgery (formally known as bariatric surgery) have been known for many years. All of the established procedures have been shown in countless studies to be safe and effective. 20 November 2017 8:35am
  • Mariah Carey gets fat shamed into weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett Mariah Carey gets fat shamed into weight loss surgery. Like me, you may have been shocked to read today that Mariah Carey has undergone a gastric sleeve procedure. She is reported to have felt body shamed into having it done. It's a sad reflection... 09 November 2017 3:22pm
  • Top 4 reasons why the gastric balloon is a great weight loss optionMartyn Berrett Looking at the gastric band versus the gastric balloon, we share 4 reasons why the balloon is a great weight loss choice. 02 November 2017 9:33am
  • NHS requires obese patients to justify why they should have weight loss surgeryMartyn Berrett The latest headlines relate to the fact that provision of this life changing surgery is being limited to those people living in Yorkshire. The NHS commissioning Group covering a large part of Yorkshire has decided that it will only fund weight... 25 October 2017 1:17pm
  • More obesity discrimination - The NHS will deny non-urgent surgery to obese patientsMartyn Berrett With weight loss surgery in the NHS reducing to as few as 5,000 per year (France does 40,000) it's now the case that not only can the obese not get weight loss surgery but in some parts of the country they can't get treatment for other illnesses... 19 October 2017 1:35pm
  • Why so few NHS bands?Andrew Jones In the years since 1992 when the first gastric band was implanted, hundreds of thousands have been implanted around the world, including here in the UK. As so many have been done we have a huge amount of published data to show the results that can... 17 October 2017 11:13am
  • 10 reasons why you should reconsider surgery abroadMartyn Berrett We are always horrified to hear that a patient has decided to have their weight loss surgery overseas, but why do we think this? We know that price is important and so when you see what appears to be the same procedure appreciably cheaper overseas,... 08 August 2017 11:13am
  • Fat shaming: How society views the obeseMartyn Berrett It's worth taking a little time to reflect on why someone who is taking such a positive step like weight loss surgery would view themselves so negatively and the answer lies in the way society view the overweight and obese. 04 August 2017 10:05am
  • Update: Weight loss & the NHSMartyn Berrett Why is the NHS doing fewer weight loss surgery procedures when ever more people would benefit from them? It would be too easy to give the simple answer that there isn't enough money but to really understand the problem a deeper appreciation is... 07 July 2017 1:15pm
  • Overweight women earn £3k lessMartyn Berrett In 2016 Exeter University published a study that showed that a woman weighing 2 stone more than another woman would on average earn £3000 less than her 'slimmer' peer. The same study also showed than shorter men earned less than their taller peers. 13 July 2017 10:18am
  • Why aren't we taking the Diabetes Epidemic More Seriously?Andrew Jones Its officially Diabetes week! It's a good time to remind people that Diabetes has officially been labelled a global Epidemic. An estimated 4.5 million people in the UK alone are living with Diabetes and worse still 11.9 are estimated to be at... 12 June 2017 3:18pm
  • The 'fat but fit' balloon has been burstMartyn Berrett Like me, you may have seen health programmes on TV where there has been a person talking about the health dangers of obesity (usually a doctor) and the other side of the argument is represented by someone who argues that there is no evidence that... 01 June 2017 8:48am
  • Don't eat until you are fullMartyn Berrett Most people think that eating until they are full and eating until they are no longer hungry are the same thing. In fact they are quite different. Sounds mad doesn't it but to help me explain the point, imagine you are really hungry and start... 26 May 2017 9:30am
  • Understanding emotional eatingMartyn Berrett Of all the possible reasons for overeating, “emotional” factors are among the most common. I'm sure we'd all admit to having overeaten in response to a stressful event or an emotional upset at some point in our lives. 12 May 2017 9:35am
  • Will a gastric band work for me?Martyn Berrett Well, it's impossible to be sure whether a band will work for you and in clinic last week I saw a lady who was very concerned about this question. It's perfectly natural as the investment in a band is a big one for anyone with what might be... 31 March 2017 2:14pm
  • Why won't the NHS pay for my surgery?Martyn Berrett Good question. The financial argument for the NHS to pay for a procedure for every person who has a BMI above 35 coupled with a serious weight related co-morbidity (such as Type 2 Diabetes or Sleep Apnoea) is very compelling indeed. 17 March 2017 12:05pm
  • Am I ready for weight loss surgery?Martyn Berrett I was in clinic recently when I met with a lady who was considering her weight loss surgery options. There were lots of reasons to think a band would be a good option but she said she preferred a sleeve because her friend had had a band and it... 08 March 2017 12:15pm
  • Will surgery cure my weight problems?Andrew Jones The simple answer is no. The weight loss procedure ALONE will not cure the problem. That said, it is a big part of the solution. I spoke to someone, Halima, only the other week who had lost 10 stones after weight loss surgery. Halima recently won... 17 February 2017 11:35am
  • Can I get weight loss surgery on the NHS?Martyn Berrett The truth is that it's very unlikely you'll be able to get weight loss surgery through the NHS. Although the guidelines for the NHS say that you are eligible for surgery if you have a BMI (body mass index) above 35 (plus an associated health... 10 February 2017 12:15pm
  • How to eat with a gastric bandMartyn Berrett The gastric band is a great procedure and has been helping people manage their weight for over 20 years. The keys to success with the band are to have the band correctly placed, to have proper adjustments, to eat the right foods and to eat them in... 30 June 2017 11:28am
  • 10 reasons to choose Healthier WeightMartyn Berrett 10 reasons to choose Healthier Weight as your weight loss surgery provider. We specialise in weight loss surgery so every person in our organisation is dedicated to helping people lose weight. We offer no quibble warranties, we can boast an... 08 August 2017 11:13am
  • What's good for the goose is good for the ganderMartyn Berrett What's good for the goose is good for the gander. There is new research to show that men have an impact on the baby through their sperm. Fat men 22 August 2017 8:35am
  • Is my obesity putting my mental health at increased risk?Martyn Berrett Is my obesity putting my mental health at increased risk? The finding of recent research is that it does. According to science, if you are over eating, then you are putting your mental health at risk. Especially when it comes to junk foods that are... 22 August 2017 1:35pm
  • Why is it so hard to lose weight?Martyn Berrett Why is it so hard to lose weight? Well, you may be comforted to know that it's hard to lose weight because our bodies have evolved to cling on to stored fat, and it's become tremendously efficient at doing it. 22 August 2017 1:35pm
  • Junk Food can be as damaging to your kidneys as DiabetesMartyn Berrett Junk Food can be as damaging to your kidneys as Diabetes. A new study, undertaken at the Anglia Ruskin University and funded by Diabetes UK, has shown that the problems caused by following a junk food diet or a diet high in fat are similar to those... 22 August 2017 1:35pm
  • The NHS needs to perform more weight loss surgeries to save money and reduce Type 2 diabetes.Martyn Berrett The NHS needs to perform more weight loss surgeries to save money and reduce Type 2 diabetes. The latest data shows that about 5,000 weight loss procedures are being done each year in the NHS. To give some context that compares to over 35,000 in... 22 August 2017 1:35pm
  • 10 essential steps to gastric band successMartyn Berrett 10 essential steps to gastric band success. If you are wondering whether a gastric band is a good way for you to take control of your weight, here is our 10 step guide to gastric band success. Step 1.Choose your clinic carefully – Make sure you... 19 October 2017 1:35pm
  • 5 important sleeve lessonsAndrew Jones At Healthier Weight we have done gastric sleeves for many years, in fact we did some of the first sleeves in the United Kingdom in Manchester back in the noughties. We now offer the procedure across the country. 17 October 2017 11:13am
  • Thinking of having Surgery oveseas ? 5 Reasons not to do it Martyn Berrett Thinking of having Surgery oveseas ? 5 Reasons not to do it. You will want to have your surgery done by a professional surgeon using the best equipment, and all in a good hospital with the best facilities. We know that the materials used to do the... 01 December 2017 3:01pm

More of our blogs

  • Week 11The past couple of weeks have taken a toll on Laura's eating.
  • Week 10Laura learns more about emotional eating and how to control it.
  • Week 9Laura is still struggling after lasts week's emotional event sets her back.
  • Week 8It's a difficult week for Laura as she loses someone very close to her.
  • Week 7This week Laura documents the experience of her first fill..
  • We talk to gastric sleeve success story ChrisChris lost an incredible amount of weight with a gastric sleeve from Healthier Weight. Read his interview here...
  • We talk to gastric band patient ArifArif tells us about his journey with a gastric band, one year on.
  • Rachel loses 94% of her excess body weight52-year-old mother of four, Rachel, talks about losing almost 6 stones after gastric band surgery.
  • Nia talks about her gastric sleeveAfter years of struggling to conceive, Nia was told her weight was holding her back from having the family she'd always longed for. In 2015 she...
  • Katie's gastric band storyIn April 2016 I changed my life around and decided to have a Gastric band. Growing up I had always been over weight...
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