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Gemma Collins thinks the Gastric Band is easy, what’s the truth?

gastric band is easy
gastric band is easy

Gemma Collins was reported saying ‘I could have a gastric band but that would be too easy’

I’m always following the news for comments on weight loss surgery and gastric banding specifically.

I saw the story about the reality TV star, Gemma Collins, and her battle with her weight in the Daily Mail (link below if you want to have a read). Gemma has seen her weight increase and she is worried that it will impact on her ability to have children and could start damaging her own health. Certainly she is right to be worried about these things as any doctor will tell you that obesity reduces fertility. In fact one of the main reasons younger women choose to have weight loss surgery is to start a family. Here’s a story of someone who did just that ( Victoria).

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 obese are able to reduce and maintain their weight through diet alone, well below 5%.  It’s for this reason that people with BMIs above 30 (body mass index – Check your BMI here) choose to have surgery. Study after study shows weight loss surgery to be safe and effective. Diets just aren’t effective for this group.

There was only one thing that troubled me in what Gemma Collins had to say. She is reported to have said, ‘I could have a gastric band but that would be too easy’. Any person who has had a gastric band or any other surgery will tell you that it is not easy. In order to achieve the optimal weight loss with your surgery and, more importantly, to keep the weight off, you have to be ready to commit to a change of eating habits, a change of diet and a change of lifestyle.

The gastric band is a very effective tool and patients can look forward to long term weight loss BUT they have to be ready to make the change that will enable them to use that tool effectively.

It’s for this reason that patients receive extensive information before their surgery on the dietary changes they’ll need to make and how they can change their eating habits to get the best results. Things like changing the texture of foods eaten, smaller portion sizes, eating more slowly, etc.

So, good luck with your weight loss efforts Gemma Collins and anyone else embarking on another diet. If you tire of the cycle of ‘yo-yo dieting’ and you are ready to make a long lasting change then it may time to explore the gastric band as an alternative. 

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