I can't understand why a physician wouldn't refer someone who's obviously addicted to eating to a psyciatrist for treatment evaluation. In some of these cases, yes, it's like painting over the rust. The root of the problem is still their and hasn't gone away.
However I remember this thread from a while ago:
This individual not only elected for the surgery, but he educated himself and busted his ass. Whatever led him to his previous condition, this was a powerfull change in his life and should be applauded.
I have a sneaky suspicion that our culture of convenience is one of the dominating factors in these conditions. Think about it, everything we need is at our fingertips. We ride our lawn mowers, change the channel with our remote control, ride the escalators and the elevators, etc., etc. While at the same time, the coloric density of everything we eat has gone through the roof.
Not only has coloric density escalated, but once again, so has convenience. You can't drive a quarter mile without passing a fast food joint, get gas without some kind of junk pushed at you, or listen to the damn radio without someone trying to stuff your face with more than you need to eat. This scenario makes it particularly easy for busy moms to just swing through and get the kiddies a happy meal. Truly scary.
Anyways, I digress. Bottom line, more folks with serious weight control problems should be evaluated in regards to the mental aspect of their eating issues. The Prof is right, we need to get to the root of the problem first. Otherwise we're simply painting over the rust.