My nephew is making enquiries about Lap Band Surgery ...he is 160kg and 23yo. Because he doesnt have much support from his parents he has asked me to assist him financially. Im not keen on this, its not the cost its the risk. About $7,000 gap payment with his private health fund. I have told him to go to the gym everyday and walk the treadmill for at least 1 hour. I go to the gym myself everyday for about 15 to 20 minutes. Laziness..sitting in his job...eating sweet foods are what is causing it. Even as i am in middle age im stsrting to gain weight myself and that means not eating after 6pm. I never now eat after 6pm. I would prefer I spend the money on a personal trainer for his xmas gift at Fitness First . Im trying to read up on this lap band surgery they all look gaunt these people who had it. Anyone had a family member who has the surgery to remove it? What about a personal trainer at fitness first? How much are the personal trainers? My concern is this. The doctors are like salesmen...they have made him excited by selling him this weight loss surgery...they have told him things such as he will lose weight effortlessly in 6 months he will be a new man etc. Its like a sales pitch. 30kg in 6 months apparently..but then that seems too fast thats why they have the fat hanging off them after dieting. I will contact Fitness First I think and ask them about gift cards for personal trainers. He has time to go everyday so he can . I think the personal trainers msybe better.safer option.