Apparently more and more hospitals in the U.S. (not sure if it’s happening in Canada) are now offering stomach stapling procedures for children. Why is it that when we have to face something that requires long-term healthy lifestyle changes, we feel it will be better to choose the risky quick fix? What are we teaching our kids when we suggest just cutting out parts of our bodies that cause us problems rather than addressing the true causes–unhealthy lifestyles, poor eating habits, and lack of exercise?
Doctors supporting the surgery say that it will help to prevent future diseases associated with obesity, such as heart disease and diabetes. Does it really? Just because a person has a tiny stomach, doesn’t mean that they will be healthier!
Is this what we’re now calling “Preventative Medicine”? I think that it’s time that we started taking responsibility for ourselves and make the right choices. Yes, that can be challenging at first. But once a person gets over the hump of initial changes, it really is not that hard to do!
But that’s just my opinion. If you have (or if you don’t, imagine) an obese child, would you get the stomach stapling procedure done for him/her?
Oh, and one more thing. I came across this webpage and….this can’t be true: “Do-It-Yourself Stomach Stapling Kits!”??? I’m sure it isn’t, but take a read anyway: http://weeklyworldnews.com/features/technology/60807?printer=1