So I finally got round to watching obesity: how prejudiced is the NHS? and I'm glad I did. It boiled my blood watching some people getting knocked back for surgery until they 'lost weight' (coz it's that easy), I've had the same response throughout the last 10 years trying for a baby and my weight just increased.
Anyway's I wasn't so much interested in the bariatric surgery, but more to see if the 'full up' hormone peptide YY and the 'hunger hormone' ghrelin changed when weight is lost naturally in the same way it does following bariatric surgery, so I reached out to the Professor who presented the documentary, and I actually got a response 😮
She explained that there have been over 120 babies born to ladies in the first 2 years following bariatric surgery (explained I couldn't get IVF as my BMI is not 30 or below) and then proceeded to explain that according to NICE (the regulatory body that says who can and cannot have which treatment), with my BMI I can be referred for assessment for surgery and have a tier 3 assessment at the same time.
She then went on to say: I appreciate that your question was not about surgery but it is exceptionally difficult to lose weight and keep it off once your BMI is over 50 (as mine is). As you lose weight the hormones change predisposing you to put the weight back on. Here is a link to a longer explanation. There are some people who are able to lose weight and keep it off but this is tricky.
I have recently set up a patient charity “Obesity Empowerment Network UK” Obesity Empowerment Network UK is a new non-profit, advocacy organisation, dedicated to giving people affected by obesity a public voice through empowerment. Our mission is to improve access to healthcare and treatment for individuals with obesity, to increase awareness that obesity is a chronic serious medical condition, to advocate for nationwide obesity prevention and treatment strategies and fight to eliminate weight-bias and discrimination.
If you would like to join this is free go to this page. It is only by creating a strong voice that we things will change.
How nice is she to actually respond 😊
So now I'm torn, do I try seeing what support my GP and the NHS will provide whilst continuing my personal journey, reaching the ultimate goal of being a mum or do I battle on without medical intervention which might work or might not? 💖💖