Most women prefer surgery than diet to lose weight: Survey

Updated: Mar 11, 2010, 00:00 AM IST

London: Almost eight in 10 women prefer a
plastic surgery than adjusting their diet and exercise
patterns to lose weight, according to a new British survey.

The survey of 1,305 men and women has found that drastic
surgeries like liposuction, tummy tuck or gastric bypass are
the most preferred choices for over 50 per cent of the
respondents than the rigorous methods of diet control and
exercise to shed their excess weight.

Women see weight-loss operations as the key to quick
results while some men regard it as the "lazy option", said
the survey carried out by website

Asked how they would like to lose excess weight,
liposuction was the most popular with women (34 per cent),
followed by gastric bypass (26 per cent) and cutting calories
(14 per cent).

Eight per cent would opt for a tummy tuck while just 2
per cent said they would exercise more and 6 per cent would
combine diet and exercise, the Telegraph reported.

Overall, 26 per cent of women said they never exercise
and would rather endure the discomfort of surgery than visit a
gym once a week.

Christiana Clogg, owner of The Good Surgeon Guide, said:
"Obesity is a huge issue in the UK. The nation certainly needs
to get healthier; however we also need to get fitter.

"Surgery may be a quick fix and give great results, but
it doesn`t always improve underlying health or psychological

Meanwhile, more than half of men (52 per cent) said they
would rather lose their extra pounds by increasing the amount
they exercise.

The next most popular option for men wanting to shed
pounds was having a tummy tuck (19 per cent) followed by
liposuction (11 per cent).

However, 63 per cent of men regarded surgery as "the lazy
option" while only 7 per cent combining diet and exercise, the
survey found.

Liposuction is a cosmetic surgery that removes fat from
different parts of the body, while tummy tuck, or
abdominoplasty, is a surgery used to make the abdomen more

Gastric bypass is another type of surgery for losing
weight after which one cannot be able to eat as much as

Clog added: "If people are considering weight-loss
surgery they could be suffering from low self-esteem -- this
is when people can get blinded by low prices and technical

"Researching the practitioner and surgery is absolutely