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Jan 19

Weighing in: weight-loss surgery should be on the public health system

LIFE CHANGER: Nerralie Boulton says weight loss surgery should be available to all Australians, after it enabled her to lose 50 kilograms. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 1103lapband2UNDERGOING weight-loss surgery has completely changed Nerralie Boulton’s life and she supports calls for it to be available in the public health system.
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Since her surgery, Mrs Boulton has shed 50 kilograms but did not enter into the surgery without extensive research and consultation with her doctor.

“I have battled with my weight all my life,” she said.

“My mother took me to the doctor when I was 11 because I already had a weight problem.”

Mrs Boulton says making weight-loss surgery available under Medicare would change people’s lives.

Over the year she has tried several diets, but nothing worked.

“Having surgery is not something you take lightly as you have to be disciplined about what you eat,” she said.

“For example, I can’t eat meat or bread and the temptation to eat chocolate or ice cream is always there because it goes down so easily, but I never want to go back to a size 24 after dropping down to a size 14.”

Her love of travel with her husband David became the catalyst for Mrs Bolton’s decision.

“I felt as though I was always the one holding everybody up. Now when we travel my life is different in every way possible,” she said.

“Its wonderful to be able to go into a clothing shop and buy clothes that fit me well.”

Mrs Boulton believes the size of meals consumed by Australians has grown exponentially over the last few decades, contributing to the obesity epidemic in Australia.

“I enjoy going out to dinner, but when you see what some people eat in a restaurant their meals are absolutely enormous,” she said.

Mrs Boulton is not the only one in her family to benefit from bariatric banding surgery.

“Our daughter has also experienced the same challenges in her life that I have, as unfortunately she inherited my genes,” she said.

“It has proved to be an enormous boost to her self esteem.

“We were able to fund our surgery privately but there are many Australians who are simply not in that position and need help.”

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