Recent Video Game Study Demonstrates the Mental Nature of Weight Loss, but also Highlights the Need for More Significant Efforts, Says Dr. Feiz & Associates

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While the video game study only produced very minor results, says Dr. Feiz and Associates, it highlights the benefits of more serious solutions focused on overcoming mental barriers.

Fruits certainly look appetizing, but sometimes we need motivation to make healthy choices.

While a reduction of 220 calories a day is a step in the right direction, it takes a serious reduction in calories like patients experience after a gastric sleeve procedure to deal with severe obesity and its many related health conditions.

A recent study conducted by the University of Exeter and Cardiff University, which was outlined in a June 28th Uber Gizmo article, had a group of obese individuals play a video game meant to reinforce positive decisions surrounding their diet. According to the article, players of the video game β€œare repeatedly warned to avoid pressing on pictures of bad foods, like cookies, while responding to images of good foods, like fruits and veggies.” The researchers found that those who played the video game ended up altering their diet in a way that had them eat an average of 220 fewer calories per day. According to bariatric surgeon Michael Feiz, M.D., F.A.C.S. of Dr. Feiz and Associates, any level of weight loss can have a positive effect, but obese individuals seriously affected by the negative health conditions that come along with obesity should consider more significant steps, including bariatric surgery. While a reduction of 220 calories a day is a step in the right direction, it takes a serious reduction in calories like patients experience after a gastric sleeve procedure to deal with severe obesity and its many related health conditions. The most serious conditions that significant weight loss can improve are:

  • Heart Disease – Dr. Feiz notes that the connection between obesity and heart disease has long been clear to doctors of all specialties, but many recent studies have solidified the connection between weight loss surgery and a cardiac function. A study published last year in the International Journal of Cardiology showed that patients who have weight loss surgery have a 40 percent reduction in death from cardiac failure during a 2 to 14 year period after surgery. It also showed that the risk of having a heart attack or stroke could be reduced by as much as 50 percent.
  • Diabetes – In another study that is highlighted by WebMD, 62 percent of patients with type 2 diabetes showed no signs of the disease six years after their weight loss surgery. The control group, who did not have weight loss surgery but did take medicine, only had a remission rate of 6 to 8 percent.

While the English video game study may be good news for those who are just slightly overweight and need an extra motivational boost to lose a few pounds, those whose obesity is seriously affecting their health may want to consider weight loss surgery, says Dr. Feiz. Anyone interested in learning more about weight loss surgery with Dr. Feiz can call Dr. Feiz & Associates at 310-817-6911 or visit them online at http://www.drfeiz.com.

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