Weight Loss Surgeries

Weight Loss Surgery coverMedications and Surgeries for Weight Loss: When Dieting Isn’t Enough

Submitter: Most people will easily agree that obesity is a problem our society, and teens are on the cusp of being able to make their own decisions regarding their own health. However, this book is a bit dated and is replete with scare tactics – pictures of people stuffing their faces and morality tales of teens who tried to take care of their weight through surgery and had bad results. This is an important topic, but there are more recent books that would be a better fit for the YA nonfiction.

Holly: 2006 was nine years ago, so it’s definitely on the long side of useful and headed straight for “awful library book” status. I don’t like the images of people eating (below) either. They’re caricatures of real people with real medical problems looking for real answers. Shame on the publisher! I’d take a book more seriously if it presented the material respectfully and, well, seriously.

Weight Loss Surgery back cover

Weight Loss Surgery contents

Case Study

Pain and swelling

Medications reduce hunger



  1. Funny thing is I was eating a salad as I read this. There must be a million books on how to lose weight and I don’t believe in any of the. I also don’t believe in diet products that claim to “reduce hunger”. People with a weight problem don’t eat because they’re physically hungry, it’s because of the emotional pleasure they get from food. If we only ate to satisfy our true hunger and nutritional needs most of us wouldn’t be overweight. And now that I’ve finished my salad, I’m going to have a strawberry cream cheese turnover for dessert. 🙂

      1. A good book on this subject would use mostly statistics and percentages. For instance, how many people lose weight permanently after liposuction, how many people die during the surgery, and so forth. That would be so much better than using scare tactics and fake anecdotal stories.
        Those bizarro pictures- who chose those? Some more scientific pictures or drawings would work better than showing overweight and obese people merrily stuffing their faces.

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