Originally Posted by Bradford
What's sad is that this appears to be exactly what is happening. A new study apparently found that many people who have bariatric surgery transfer their addictions to other things such as gambling, alcohol or shopping...http://www.azcentral.com/news/articl...sfer18-ON.html
That's not surprising. Crash diets, crazy gizmos, and even some bariatric surgeries are only further exacerbating whatever problems exist - they treat symptoms of a problem rather than the problem itself.
The problem is a lack of self control. With the exception of those rare few whose bodies have truly turned against them, obesity occurs because a person lacks the self control to regulate what he/she eats and whether or not he/she stays active.
It seems to me a proper treatment program for addictions such as these ought to include training in self control - meditation, yoga, etc. If one learns self-control, then one is capable of defeating essentially any pyschological addiction. I emphasize psychological, because even the most controlled individuals are still at risk of becoming physically dependent on certain chemicals.
The problem of obesity is further exacerbated by this "quick fix" mentality that people get stuck in their heads. Whether out of laziness (the usual), or sheer desperation, people decide they need to do crazy things to their bodies - no-carb, all-liquid, zero-fat, and all this other nonsense these "diet gurus" are pulling out of their bums. Everybody wants the weight off tomorrow, but that simply will not happen. Again, it can
happen instantly with radical surgery, but that does nothing to treat the underlying causes.
Patients considered for bariatric surgery for obesity that is not due to a malfunctioning lymphatic system should have to undergo serious self-control training before the surgery, otherwise it is only inviting transferral of the addiction(s).