Bariatric procedures are now viewed as a way to both prevent and treat dangerous health problems linked to obesity
Dr. Thomas Tsai had performed weight-loss surgery on the beaming woman in front of him only six months before, but she was already a changed person.
Dozens of pounds had melted from her physique, lowering not just the number on the scale but her odds of developing potentially life-threatening health problems.
A bariatric surgeon at Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
"Not only did her health improve, but the surgery may have contributed to social and professional benefits."
Obesity is a common issue in today's society, raising the risk of many life-threatening health issues, including heart, kidney, and liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, and certain types of cancer
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Genetic, physiological, environmental, dietary, physical activity and lifestyle factors may cause obesity.