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Video ‘helps people consider weight loss surgery pros and cons’

A video has been found to help obese people make informed decisions about weight loss surgery in a clinical trial.

The randomised control trial was conducted by the Group Health Research Institute in Seattle.

It involved 152 patients, half of whom received an educational booklet on weight loss surgery, which is also known as bariatric surgery, and half watched a video on the topic.

After three months, those who watched the video knew more about the pros and cons of the surgery than those who received the booklet.

“We think a video like this one can play a key role as people talk with their primary care doctors or specialists, consider pros and cons, and decide whether or not to have bariatric surgery,” said Dr David Arterburn, an associate investigator at the Group Health Research Institute.

According to the NHS, weight loss surgery should only be offered to those with a body mass index of more than 40.

So those who have a lower BMI than this should try other ways of shedding pounds, such as diet pills and exercise.

What do you think about weight loss surgery?

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8 Apr
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  • Amanda Glen

    I think people should pay for it unless they have a medical reason for being overweight. The same with smokers and alcoholics – if the problem is self inflicted – pay for the operations!

  • Melissa

    I think that videos will shock people into what will happen if ther carry on with unhealthy lifestyles. I’m not a fan of weight loss surgey, I wouldn’t go under the knife for anything!!

  • Verana

    I would not consider any surgery whatsoever. I think its good that it is only offered to those over a certain bmi otherwise everyone would be wanting it!!

  • Yvonne

    I personally don’t think that the NHS should offer anyone surgery. They should advise them that they need to change there diet and exercise regime rather than a ‘quick fix’. I believe if they put in all the hard effort to lose weight, they would be less likely to go back to the way they were. Many may believe they can just get weight loss surgery again if there weight increases, so are more likely to stuff there faces again.