Weight Loss Surgery

With the rising concern for health risks associated with obesity, more and more people are opting for weight loss surgery. However, the surgical procedure, which addresses obesity by reducing the size of the stomach, is not recommended for people who are mildly obese. For overwhelming majority of obese and overweight women, weight loss could be easily attained by combining regular workouts with low calorie balanced diet. However, for morbidly obese people weight loss surgery is often the most suitable option for facilitating weight loss. Who needs weight loss surgery? To qualify for weight loss surgery, your body mass index should be at least 30. Usually people with body mass index 40 or above are suitable candidates for weight loss surgery. Weight loss surgery might be recommended for obese people with obesity related condition. The age of the patient should be at least 18, but not more than 60. It is recommended only for people who have been obese for the last five years, and for whom diet, exercises and weight loss medications have failed to bring down the body weight. Types of weight loss surgery. 

Gastric balloon. Through an endoscopic tube, a deflated sillicon balloon is placed in the stomach. With an external catheter, the balloon is inflated with air or saline solution. This helps to reduce the capacity of the stomach and creates a sensation of fullness easily. The balloon usually remains in the stomach for 6 months. Gastric banding. In this obesity surgery, the size of the stomach is reduced by attaching a silicone band around the stomach. Gastric bypass surgery. This type of gastric bypass surgery is recommended for people suffering from chronic obesity. This is a complex process, in which the surgeon reduces the size of the stomach, and to reduce calorie absorption, adjusts the size of the small intestine to enable the food to bypass a part of the small intestine. There are two types of gastric bypass surgery, the traditional Roux-en-Y procedure and a more advanced procedure known as mini gastric bypass. Weight loss surgeries are not free from side effects. Nutrient malabsorption increases the risk of deficiency of nutrients. According to the diet portal www.weightshapes.com dietary supplements and intelligent eating are recommended for people undergoing weight loss surgery.

Christopher Currie

Maybe this wouldn't bother other readers, but I've got the kind of mind that goes Que? What colour is a sad ocean? I wonder, can oceans be even be sad? What colour are that character's eyes again? Shouldn't that be something more about the look in her eyes rather than the colour? Ok woah, where am I in this page, where was I up to?' This happened so often in the book that I kind of wished the author hadn't even bothered and just got on with telling the (very interesting) story and left the metaphors alone. Or his editor was a bit more forceful with their big red pen. Of all the characters in the book, Simon is the most developed. He really reads like an eleven year old bookish boy trapped in a terrible nightmare, and is the great strength of the book. The other characters are interesting and have what appear to be great back stories, but they don't get fleshed out properly. They also don't go through any kind of real evolution or realisation which kind of makes the back story irrelevant. This is another reason why I felt the book straddles the line of being just a good story and being literary. It's kind of like a straightforward thriller but then there are all these more literary techniques which are included but aren't very strong or are not completed. However, the story itself is good.

The Ottoman Motel

When Simon and his parents arrive in the small town of Reception and check in to the Ottoman Motel, things between them are tense but normal. Then, while Simon is asleep, his mother and father disappear. Are they lost? Has something terrible happened to them? All Simon knows is that he is alone in a strange town. Madaline, the local police constable is kind. Ned Gale and his kids give Simon a place to stay. In the bar down at the Ottoman, Jack Tarden and the other locals are sympathetic. But why does it seem as if no one is trying to find Simon's parents? The Ottoman Motel is Christopher Currie's first novel, and in the tradition of 'the literary debut' it is interesting and shows great promise but has a few flaws. It sits somewhere between being just a good story and being a literary tale, something really compelling about it which made it hard to put down, but some of the writing and attempts to lift it to a more literary sphere are jarring. 

The best uses of metaphor and simile immediately provide an image which transfers a deeper emotional understanding of the idea the writer is trying to express. In this book the author sometimes manages to do this, for example every year, his parents would put one (a Christmas Calendar) together as a gift to send to friends and clients. A series of sentimental family portraits taken with a self-timer, the three of them rushing together in front of random backdrops. Simon always imagined his family as a set of opposing magnets: you had to throw them together quickly before they repelled apart. But more often the attempts had the opposite effect, causing some confusion and jarring me out of the reading flow. For example when she finally turned her head to look at Simon, her eyes were the colour of a slow, sad ocean.