Obesity is the biggest worry of many Governments around the world. In the United States of America 74.1% of her population are either over-weight or obese and the United Kingdom is not far behind with 60.8%. Looking at our own country, Malaysia, there is no exception. Take a look around you, 2 out of every 5 Malaysians are either over-weight or obese according to the latest survey conducted by the Ministry of Health. That is a whopping 40%!

Judging by what is served by the food outlets around us, it is no wonder how many people “conveniently” become obese. How many of these outlets serve healthy, nutritious food and juices as compared to those who serve only fatty and excessively sweet food and drinks?

Obesity is a significant health threat. The extra weight not only adds stress to our body and internal organs, it also affects our life expectancy. Cardiovascular diseases, Type II diabetes, stroke, cancers, depression, joint problems such as osteoarthritis and high blood pressure are just a few conditions caused by being overweight. Hypoxemia, which is the gradual decrease of oxygen level in the blood caused by extreme obesity may lead to right-side heart failure and extremely death when left untreated. These are only the physical illnesses. What about the psychological illnesses?

Most obese people feel self-conscious of their appearance. The teasing and snide comments that they receive daily about their weight and looks are no laughing matter. Many develop low self-esteem and have poor social skills. Some may even fall into depression.

The trend among people now is to maintain an ideal weight and live a healthier life. Easier said than done! What then can these people do and what other options do they have?

Many of us know that regular exercise and a healthy diet will help control our weight. We need to consume less calories than we burn. Take the stairs instead of the escalators, or dance while doing house-hold chores. Thirty minutes of aerobic exercise per day, five days a week would be ideal. BUT, how many of us actually do this diligently?

Most people lose weight by changing to a healthier diet. However sticking to a healthier life-style is not an easy task for many. The support of friends and family is crucial for it to succeed. Some resort to extreme dieting (consuming less than 1,100 calories a day) or taking medications to lose weight. There are many over-the-counter diet products which may not be safe and have negative side effects. Many diet report that they regain their weight quickly after stopping using these medications.

Another form of extreme weight loss alternative is through surgery. For very obese people who were unable to lose weight through diet and exercise, there is laparoscopic gastric binding procedure. For this procedure, the surgeon will place a band around the upper part of the stomach, thus reducing the capacity of the stomach to hold food. You will feel full after eating smaller portions of food. Like any other surgeries, this procedure is not without its complications. On top of that it is an extremely expensive treatment.

A safer and healthier alternative is the world renounced Hypno Band treatment. Originating from the United Kingdom, it has been successfully utilized in the United States, Australia and a few other countries. The Hypno Band System is a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and hypnotherapy techniques. Using the mind Body connection, a “virtual gastric band” is fitted to the stomach. Your eating habits will change as you will be satiated with less food and will also make healthier food choices. Be rest assured that no surgery is involved and this behavior changing method is non-invasive.

Hypno Band is an extremely relaxing and safe procedure. There will be no negative side effects except for the fact that you would need to invest in new sets of slimmer clothes!

However, Hypno Band is not for every one. If you are over-weight and are committed to lose weight the healthy way, then it would be suitable for you. Your commitment is crucial for the success of this program. Are you prepared to change your eating habits and life-style for the better? The key to success lies in your very own hands! The only other exceptions would be psychological reasons for your weight problem (we would need to help you increase your emotional issues before working on your weight) or when you are on certain medicines.

Apart from losing weight, hypnosis will help you accept your new image. The hypnotherapist will help condition your subconscious mind to live healthily, eat healthily and maintain a healthy body image. Working on a strong mind Body relationship, it will prevent you from going back to the original obese self as others would, because they were not ready to acknowledge the changes and are still emotionally affected. With hypnosis, losing body weight as well as emotional baggage will help you accept the healthier, fitter and happier new you. Whichever method you choose, ensure you have made the right decision. Ensure the practitioner of your choice, whether a hypnotherapist, beautician or personal trainer, is fully accredited and trained to help you achieve your goals. With so many scams and botched treatments reported in the media, be sure you will not be the next victim. Not only is your time and money are wasted, your health and future well being will also be affected.