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Concern over rise in gastric band operations

February 20, 2012 7:15 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Health spokesperson Alison McInnes MSP has expressed concern at the rise in gastric bypass operations in Scotland.

Alison McInnes MSPAlison McInnes MSPAnswers to Parliamentary Questions submitted by Mrs McInnes have revealed that gastric bypass operations have risen significantly in Scotland in the past 4 year years, increasing by 30% in the last year alone.

Mrs McInnes believes that the Health Secretary needs to make it clear that gastric bypass operations should only be a last resort in the battle against the bulge.

Mrs McInnes wants the Scottish Government to be doing more to encourage people to adapt a healthier lifestyle.

Commenting Mrs McInnes MSP said:

"Scotland's battle with the bulge is well known, but going under the knife for fat-busting surgery should always be a last resort.

"If patients are assessed as needing this radical surgery then it should be available. But these operations are intrusive and have a long recovery period.

"We must do more to encourage people to adapt their lifestyles. Eating right and doing exercise remains the healthiest way to lose weight."