A friend who lived for a time in the former Soviet Union told me a joke about the women of that country that may be related in some way to our current situation: What are the two main concerns of Russian women? How to get food and how to lose weight. As contradictory as it seemed, it had perfect logic in the context of the shortcomings of that country and the female vanity that survives in any political system.
In our case, the paradoxes are not few, and one of the most absurd is to speak of "not eating" when speaking of nutrition in the midst of abundance. Many Americans appear to have given up on any attempt to use their willpower and discipline to regulate their diet, instead resorting to dangerous surgical procedures that reduce their intestinal capacity, to be forced to eat less and thus lose weight. To the different types of stomach reduction operations is added an outpatient option that consists of inserting an adjustable gastric band that, like so many other approaches, tends to advertise and perceive itself as an almost magical solution against obesity.
You may call me outdated, but I personally don't trust any of those methods, and my suspicions regarding the underreporting of the complications they involve were confirmed recently, when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), supported by medical organizations like The American Society of Bariatric Physician accused the company advertising the Lap-Band gastric band (known as 1-800-GET-THIN) of using deceptive methods. The FDA has issued a warning to several clinics that do not include in their announcements about the procedure the risks it represents to patients.
Instead of succumbing to large banners of smiling "ex-obes," we should be more suspicious and better informed before making such a serious decision. In addition, in most cases it is possible to maintain a healthy weight if as part of our lifestyle we exercise regularly and eat a balanced diet.
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