Oh yes, you did read correctly. The genius Australian Medical Association has proposed a plan to provide free lap-band surgery for obese teenagers in Victoria.
It is a $40.5 million dollar proposal that will see 3000 operations performed over three years. Apparently “health groups” have backed the plan, although any “health group” that backs this plan should have their name changed to “supporting the avoidance of self-responsibility” group or the “we know absolutely nothing about health” group.
This type of ludicrous proposal absolutely makes my blood boil – when completely ignorant, self interest groups make submissions such as this; and the government considers it; it just shows how far removed from reality we are as a society. Being prepared to undergo major surgery for a very treatable and preventable condition is the ultimate delusion, that good health can be found under a scalpel.
If there is no health education for these obese teens, they may very well lose weight after the surgery (only due to one reason – THEY EAT LESS), but they will repeat the patterns that led to their obesity in the first place, which will still have dire consequences. Just because they can only now eat a third of a Mars Bar at a time instead of five, doesn’t change the fact that they’re still eating garbage. By detouring around the problem with surgery, the teenager never gets to associate the food they eat with their state of health.
This is just another reflection of the quick fix, it’s somebody else’s fault, I deserve more, medically brainwashed society we live in. Until somebody stands up and says it like it is, we are going to continue to see government money wasted on useless medical procedures that do not fix the underlying issue.
The money would be much better spent on teaching these badly informed children and their families about what constitutes a healthy diet, and how much of an impact it has on how they feel, how they look, and how healthy they can be now, and in the future.
But that would be preventative medicine wouldn’t it, and that’s something that is certainly not endorsed by the AMA.