22 September 2011
An increase in the number of gastric band weight loss surgeries is likely, according to one doctor.
Dr Stephen Bridgman, who is also the director of public health in Guernsey, predicted that the increasing trend of under-25s applying to have the surgery is only set to rise further.
In an interview with the BBC, he said: "If people can naturally get on top of things themselves, then that is much more likely to be the best option for people."
He added that the amount of obese people in Guernsey had increased over the past few years, but said that the level seemed to have stabilised in recent months.
Between 2009 and 2010, 210 young people had NHS gastric surgery in the UK.
The health, service on the island does not fund such weight loss surgeries.
In a study by Guilherme M Campos at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, researchers found that gastric bypass surgery appears to lead to better long-term results, including greater weight loss and improved quality of life.
The research compared gastric bypass surgery to a sleeve gastrectomy and lap-band surgery.
By Philip Briggs
Campos, Guilherme M. et al., "Better Weight Loss, Resolution of Diabetes, and Quality of Life for Laparoscopic...", February issue of Archives of Surgery, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, February 22nd 2011.
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