New Childhood Obesity Op-Ed co-written by Bill Clinton Correctly Emphasizes Prevention in Kids, but Omits the Adult Solution, says Dr. Feiz and Associates

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The bariatric surgery center notes that healthier school lunches and increased exercise may well lower obesity rates in youth, but more proactive solutions will still be needed later in life.

Changes to school lunches will help fight obesity in the long-run, but many currently obese adults need immediate solutions.

The struggles of a person trying to lose 10 or 20 pounds can be difficult enough, but should not be compared with the battle to lose as much as 100 pounds or more that many severely obese people must wage.

A June 30 CNN opinion piece written by former president Bill Clinton and American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown argues for a variety of ongoing programs aimed at lowering childhood obesity. Los Angeles based weight loss surgery center Dr. Feiz and Associates agrees that initiatives aimed at encouraging more nutritionally sound school lunches and increased fitness are extremely important for lowering the terrifying rates of childhood obesity. However, the center also notes such procedures as the gastric sleeve may be the only way to deal with severe obesity when it comes to individuals for whom preventive efforts have come too late.

Dr. Feiz and Associates agrees that prevention is always preferable to a safe but admittedly aggressive treatment such as a weight loss procedure. At the same time, the clinic adds, the emphasis on prevention and relatively small lifestyle changes such as the #Commit2Ten campaign, encouraging children and adults to add 10 minutes of daily activity to their daily routine, can create a false sense that severely overweight individuals can overcome their obesity simply by taking up a few modest lifestyle changes.

The struggles of a person trying to lose 10 or 20 pounds can be difficult enough, but should not be compared with the battle to lose as much as 100 pounds or more that many severely obese people must wage, notes Dr. Feiz and Associates. Specifically, bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. has often discussed the importance of the hormonal aspects of obesity. Dr. Feiz often notes that ghrelin, a powerful hunger hormone, appears to be more present in the bodies of obese people, and its presence increases the more weight a patient loses. The doctor adds that procedures such as the sleeve gastrectomy, which significantly reduces the production of ghrelin by removing approximately 80 percent of the stomach, make it far easier for severely obese people to unlearn the bad eating habits they learned in childhood.

People who may have only struggled with a few additional pounds often have a hard time understanding the nature of severe obesity, says Dr. Feiz and Associates. While efforts to encourage children and adults to trim unnecessary calories and exercise are important and extremely laudable, more proactive efforts are needed once preventive efforts have failed and severe obesity has set in, says the weight loss clinic.

Individuals who may be interested in learning more about weight loss surgery with Dr. Feiz & Associates may call 310-817-691. They can also visit the bariatric surgery center online at http://www.drfeiz.com.

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