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I don't get it! ! I now someone who got that rubber band surgery

I met someone who had that band surgery. She lost 60lbs. She did look good but she had about 30lbs more to lose. I tild here about peer trainer and she said she didn't need it. I said what do you do when you get upset now. She said I just don't eat. I use to eat for every emotion now I just don't eat because when I eat to much now I get sick. I don't get it!I

Sat. Jan 6, 12:37pm

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There isn't much to "get". The stomach banding means she has a MUCH smaller stomach than she used to. Banding is a very extreme way to lose weight, and you are forced to change your lifestyle and eating habits for the rest of your life. She CAN'T eat more than a cup or so of food at a time any more. There isn't enough room. If she eats more than that, it backs up into "the pipes" and can't be processed. Have you ever eaten so much that you make yourself sick? Same thing, but sooner.

My only question about this, is, what happens when you are done losing weight? If you can eat so little that you lose weight without exercising, won't you KEEP losing weight forever? I've never heard of having the banding reversed when the weight loss is done, so what happens when these people are skinny?

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 3:55 PM

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Um, where are you from? The lap band is not an extreme way to lose weight, it is actually safe then gastric bypass with longer safer term results. You are misinformed. You can also have the band tighten if you see you have stopped losing weight. Once you get to your goal you should be able to eat a normal portion. I think the key about lap bands is that you learn how much a normal serving is.

Saturday, January 06, 2007, 11:52 PM

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I agree with the second poster, to my way of thinking banding is still an extreme intervention (though with advantages over gastric bypass) that comes with risks as an intervention of this nature would. It is one of the options people have when all else fails - that is, when they are morbidly obese and are not able to address the problem through food intake and exercise alone. It is not something that should be entered into lightly, as there can in some instances be serious complications.

The banding operation allows people to lose the excess weight, they still have sufficient stomach capacity to enable them to maintain a healthy weight - but in 'normal' circumstances they are not able to overeat at individual sittings.

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 12:02 AM

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I know of 2 women in my office who have had gastric bypasses. (I don't think they
did the banding thing).

They cannot eat more than a small bit of food and they also cannot eat too much sugar or they get sick.

I ate lunch with one of the women-- It forced me to 1) eat slower and 2) a smaller portion.

She ate so slowly and like a bird-- it made ME feel self-conscious about scarfing down my food!

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 1:32 AM

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OP What I don't get is how getting this procedure changes the way you react to situations I am an emotional eater! I think most overwieght people are

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 9:32 AM

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I agree 9:32. Do they stop binging because it becomes painful? I mean, no one likes to throw up... I wonder if they must deal with the pain in their lives before surgery...but why can't they do that instead of surgery?

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 3:32 PM

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Some over weight people are over from over indulgence but then there is people like me who had a bad reaction to birth control and gained 80 pounds form it and then gets pregnant and gains weight despite not being able to eat at all. Honestly I could not eat. I gained over a hundred pounds from this and the weight will not go away. Sorry I just had to post this everyone does not get fat from over eating. Life just kicks our butt.

Sunday, January 07, 2007, 11:32 PM

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very true, 1132! i gained a lot of weight by taking prescribed medications. and it's been a real struggle to lose it. i wonder if it wouldn't have been better to not have taken the medication at all and just dealt with my problems in a more holistic way. but there's nothing i can do to change the past, only new ways to embrace the future.

Monday, January 08, 2007, 10:58 AM

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My family members were discussing these types of surgery over the holidays. One of our relatives had a gastric bypass, and between the people sitting in the room they knew of six people who had these type of procedures. Among them, four are regaining weight. They've been eating more than they are supposed to, and their stomachs gradually stretch.

There are so many TV shows and news articles these days discussing these procedures, and I wonder if they are not causing some people to view the procedures as a magic pill or (relatively) easy solution. The shows rarely take a long-range view. They highlight the success in the months immediately following the surgery, but don't show if the people can maintain in the long run.

If it turns out that the long-term success rate is only 33% or a similar number, it may not be worth the risk that these surgeries pose.

Monday, January 08, 2007, 1:30 PM

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I saw a show that some people who had lap band and gastric bypass appeared on...and they said that the emotional component is still there, but since they CAN'T overeat without getting sick, something else takes its place-- some developed sex addictions, alcohol addictions, etc. Not all of course, some get lots of therapeutic help from pros or churches, but that is one of the catches-- it's certainly not the "quick fix" some people claim it is or accuse those people of taking.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007, 1:27 AM

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