It’s a common misconception: the belief that willpower and weight loss go hand in hand. For years the medical community as a whole has prescribed diet and exercise for people who are obese, but that might not be the best prescription. That’s because a lack of willpower isn’t always the reason people can’t lose weight.
“It’s not just overeating,” says bariatric surgeon Mark Colquitt, MD. “It’s definitely more complicated than that.”
Dr. Colquitt explains that most people believe bariatric surgery causes weight loss just because the size of the stomach is reduced. In reality, a shift in hormones can be a game changer.
“If you are a woman who has polycystic ovarian syndrome and your testosterone levels are typically higher than normal, symptoms will almost immediately be reversed, because the estrogen is higher after weigh loss surgery,” Dr. Colquitt says. He adds that in some cases, bariatric surgery also can reverse infertility.
Fort Sanders Center for Bariatric Surgery offers free seminars and information about weight gain, and options for weight loss. For more information, visit www.fsregional.com/bariatrics, or call (865) 331-BAR1.