Bariatric surgery as an option for teenagers

In today’s Daily Mail there is an article by an eminent medical practitioner.  In it Professor Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) comes to the conclusion that NHS surgery for overweight teens could be the only way to ‘rescue’ them from the ‘vicious cycle’ of a poor diet and bad health.

One of the causes of obesity
One of the causes of obesity

This article is very thought-provoking but ultimately comes up with what I consider to be a most unhelpful solution. Whilst the ban on junk food he suggests would help in a small way I believe he is misguided in promoting bariatric surgery as the only solution. Bariatric surgery is major surgery and is also a very expensive option, costing between £4k and £15k, depending on the procedure undergone. I cannot believe that the risks of this surgery and its cost can possibly make it a first-line treatment for obesity when low risk alternatives such as eating a ketogenic or #LCHF diet have been shown to make such an amazing difference to people’s weight and fitness. Surely the medical profession has got to try non-invasive techniques before it goes for what might be considered the ‘nuclear’ option. As an example can I recommend this article by Dr Andreas Eenfeld MD? This article describes how Johanna Engström lost 112lbs on a keto diet rather than by undergoing bariatric surgery, which she was scheduled for. The advantages seem numerous – no surgical and post-operative risk, weight lost naturally and healthily, little if any cost to the healthcare system.

It seems very clear that the ketogenic diet is a highly effective means of weight loss that is safe and healthy, as proved beyond doubt by the many thousands of people who have their own success stories, including those whose own doctors have found that their blood tests demonstrate the healthiness of the approach.

I know which approach I would prefer.