Dr. Oz Advocates More Gastric Bypass Surgery
This article appeared in USA Today earlier this week. WOW.. I certainly agree with the health risks of obesity.. but maybe we need to get Dr. Oz involved with the international steering group being put together right now to organize international clinical trials of the Virtual Gastric Band.
There have already been two trials in the UK. The first trial saw 24 out of 25 candidates lose an astounding 190lb in 5 weeks. This result attracted the attention of a General Practitioner in Beverley, East Yorkshire England and a second trial was conducted with 12 of his patients who had been removed from the bariatric surgery waiting list on the UK’s National Health Services (NHS) list. Again 95% of the group experienced a positive result.
Provisional arrangements are now underway for a pilot study to be carried out next month (October 2011) in the UK, together with the Humberside Obesity, Nutrition, Education and Innovation Centre. The partners of this organisation include The University of Hull, Hull and York Medical School and several members of the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr. Oz plans to focus on motivation when he kicks off his third season of The Dr. Oz Show, which will take over 83 of Oprah’s old time slots in the fall.
He’s also the cover boy of the October issue of Prevention magazine, hitting newsstands tomorrow, and says that he wants people to be more focused on “weight loss and better sex” along with “physical activity and sleep” for overall health.
And he has no qualms about saying he’s an advocate for gastric bypass surgery, which he hopes will grow in the near future as a tool for in helping to fight obesity: “I…think gastric bypass surgery will play a big role. We probably do only 1% of the gastric bypass surgeries we should do.”
He explains, “Yes. Listen, if you’re one hundred pounds overweight at age fifty, you have the same mortality rate as if you have a solid cancer. Would you operate for cancer? Yeah. So if you cannot lose that weight, get one of these procedures. You have to do it with counseling and full awareness of what you’re doing, of course. But if you get people to start losing 5% of their excess body weight, you’re really taking a big whack out of the two-thirds of Americans.”
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