Obesity can be very difficult to treat. When commercial programs (such as Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, traditional diet and exercise) and other medically supervised methods have failed, bariatric surgery is a proven option for long term weight control for those with severe obesity.
Bariatric surgery is currently one of the best treatment options for severe obesity. As quoted by the National Institute of Health,
“Weight loss surgery when combined with behavior modification, is currently the most reliable and only choice for long term maintenance of excess weight loss.”
The medical and emotional benefits of weight-loss procedures begin almost immediately after surgery and follow over time. These include:
Sources: Gastrointestinal surgery for severe obesity. National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement. March 25-27, 1991: 1-20.
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