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Living in LA, I saw 30 of these on my way to work every day. Notice the one in the background?
What kind of a world do we live in where you can fatten yourself up with irresponsible eating habits and then risk your life with surgery to slim back down. I'm sure the Lap-Band is less life threatening than liposuction and gastric bypass. I don't however think that any quick fix to a major problem is a positive thing, no matter the limited risks. Yes, obesity is a huge problem here in the States and is killing 112,000 people annually.....damn! Can we seriously stop playing the "it's genetic or glandular" game. I haven't been 7-11% body fat since becoming an adult but have been active while eating more or less healthy, that's genetic. I'm healthy and strong but don't look like the athlete I am. Some people will simply have to work less to achieve more, that's life not a reason to throw in the towel.
Matter of fact, the Lap-Band simply regulates the amount of food you can eat without pain. This means you could simply eat less and have the same results while beating the underlying physiological problem.
|Lap band + suck it in + tanning = Healthy? NOPE!|
You can't truly feel like you've changed unless you change your diet and get physically active. It's going to be hard but nothing worth having comes easy.
It really is that simple.
Side story about me,
I recently changed my diet after gaining weight due to recovery from shoulder surgery. When I was able to workout again combined with the diet, I lost almost all the fat I had gained while putting on a good 10lbs of lean muscle. I was mildly depressed during the 8 months of healing and only being able to ride a stationary bike or go to physical therapy and took it out on my stomach. By controlling my diet and pushing myself in the gym, I got my mojo back. I'm continuing my quest to become the best overall athlete (in the WORLD) I can be and have the healthiest body to carry me to this goal. Keep working folks, nothing had easily is worth having!(similar quote above, I know)