Overweight Brits choose surgery over exercise

Press Release : March 10, 2010
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The UKs leading cosmetic treatment review website, http://www.goodsurgeonguide.co.uk asked 1,305 people across the UK how they would prefer to lose weight. The multi-answer question allowed people to choose surgical treatments, or reducing calorie intake and increasing exercise.

78% of women opted for the surgical choice, saying it would work immediately and give great results. Liposuction was the most popular choice with 34% of women opting for this procedure. The second most popular surgical choice was a Gastric Bypass, the irreversible procedure, with 26% of women saying it was their preferred option.

Half of men, 52% would rather lose their extra pounds by increasing the amount they exercise, saying that jogging is easy and exercise is less painful than surgery. The majority of men polled, 63% believed that surgery was the lazy option. Just 7% of men said they would stop eating and drinking their favourite things to lose the bulge, before exercising more frequently.

The results show that women felt more of a bond with food than men, with 61% admitting they found comfort in food, and 23% saying they wouldnt be able to give up their favourite treat. 26% of women said that they never exercise and would rather endure the discomfort of surgery than visit a gym once a week.

In comparison to the 78% of women that would choose surgery over diet and exercise, just 34% of men would rather undergo surgery than eat healthier and exercise more regularly. The most popular weight loss surgery amongst men was a tummy tuck, with 19% saying that it would be less painful than dieting.

11% of women that said they wouldnt have surgery, said it was because it would mean time off work.

Christiana Clogg, Owner of The Good Surgeon Guide has said,

Obesity is a huge issue in the UK. The nation certainly needs to get healthier; however we also need to get fitter. Surgery may be a quick fix and give great results, but it doesnt always improve underlying health or psychological issues.

If people are considering weight loss surgery they could be suffering from low self-esteem, this is when people can get blinded by low prices and technical language. Researching the practitioner and surgery is absolutely imperative, you must feel confident that you know all the information, and that the surgeon has a great record.

She concluded,

Looking at all the options, including losing weight through a healthy active lifestyle and diet is important before choosing a potentially irreversible surgery.

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If you would like any more information, or to arrange an interview with Christiana Clogg please contact Charlotte Horsfall on 01452 348211 or email charlotte@10yetis.co.uk

Link http://www.goodsurgeonguide.co.uk

Notes to editors

Goodsurgeonguide.co.uk was launched in September 2009 and is the first website of its kind; users can visit the website to read or provide reviews and recommendations of cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic dentists, clinics and aesthetic treatment providers.

The Good Surgeon Guide should be the first port of call for anyone considering a cosmetic treatment or procedure, as it offers inside knowledge from people who have already had surgery and this is key in helping others make an informed choice about where to go and who to turn to for their procedure.

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