Surgery is not a quick-fix solution to being overweight and really should be considered as a last resort. People that want to lose weight should make the effort to change their eating habits and increase the amount of exercise they do. In the event that the individual has tried numerous ways of losing weight without any success they may wish to consider weight loss surgery. According to NICE (National Institution of Clinical Excellence), weight loss surgery should only be recommended to those individuals that are morbidly obese (with a body mass index (BMI) of over 35) and have significant health conditions relating to their body weight; these include sleep apnoea, diabetes, depression and high blood pressure. Specialists only usually recommend surgery for those individuals that can prove they have tried other ways of losing weight and have attended a specially designed weight loss clinic or help group.
Losing a large amount of weight is not easy but many people are able to do it without having surgery so it is important for patients to try as hard as possible to lose weight by natural means before they consider having surgery.