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FEATURE

BARIATRIC

SURGERY
a Viable Option for a Healthier Lifestyle

BY PETER F. ROVITO, MD, FACS

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besity is at almost epidemic proportions in this
country. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
estimated that from 2011 to 2014, 36% of adults
and 17% of youth suffered from obesity. Even more
striking, nearly 70% of Americans are considered overweight.

The World Health Organization (WHO), along with National
and International medical and scientific societies, now recognize
obesity as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple
environmental and genetic factors. The disease of obesity is extremely costly not only in terms of economics, but also in terms
of individual and societal health, longevity, and psychological
well-being. Due to its progressive nature, obesity requires lifelong
treatment and control.
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