As with any first day back in the office after Christmas, a sea of people can be seen attempting their 'New Year New Me' idealism. 

The fad diets, dry January and going back the gym have all been conversations discussed today office wide, but for some people a healthy life style doesn't seem to be so easy to achieve as it may for some others. 

With the NHS receiving increased pressure from 'obese' patients for an array of medical conditions is surgery really the answer to many of these individuals challenges? 

Reading After Weight-Loss Surgery, a Year of Joys and Disappointments has provided a poignant insight, supplying factual based evidence with a human touch of two individuals very personal stories. 

Although the article has still not convinced me that surgery is the right answer for everyone, it has given me food for thought on how differently our bodies work. I had rather naively thought that the surgery was far more swayed towards the aesthetics  and less to the health benefits but patients have reported several life changing improvements for various aliments including high blood pressure and sleep apnea.

Personally, I had never considered how drastically the surgery could affect your body and mind but from reading this article, the science makes sense . It is reported by Dr Kaplan that surgery immediately alters the activity of more than 5,000 of the 22,000 genes in the human body" that seems incredible considering the parts of the body involved. 

Medical advances have made this surgery far safer than in previous years and although it doesn't come with a magic wand to life, it does seem to offer some assistance in improving elements. To learn more please read about Jessica and Keith's journey below, I would certainly be interested to hear peoples thoughts on the procedure which can be deemed controversial.