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Bariatric Surgery: The Solution To Obesity?

"Half my life has been about trying to lose weight," Henry Roberts said. He was telling me about his decision to have a surgery that would reduce the size of his stomach by seventy-five per cent. Roberts (a pseudonym) is five feet six, and when we met he weighed two hundred and seventy pounds, giving him a body-mass index of forty-four; a B.M.I.

Read the article on The New Yorker

Dr. Sears Comments:

Dr. Barry Sears

Compared to other interventions, gastric bypass surgery is the best approach to treating obesity and diabetes.  That’s a rather pathetic statement to our current treatment knowledge of these metabolic disorders.  Although the article does mention that most will have a lifetime of malnutrition, it glosses over the fact that 25% of bypass patients regain much of the weight and new addictive disorders arise to replace the lack of dopamine stimulation that previously came with eating food.

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