Bariatric Surgery Successful for Patients Below 35BMI

New research supports the idea that bariatric weight loss surgery is successful in treating overweight patients who do not meet the standard of obesity, defined as having a body weight index of 35 or more.

A small study shows that patients with a BMI of 30 – 35, some of whom had type 2 diabetes, benefited from weight loss surgery. For most, their diabetes went into remission.

The Cost of Obesity

Obesity can not only take a toll on your health and well-being, it can drain your finances as well, as documented in a new survey by the Canadian Obesity Network.

People suffering from obesity spend more on commercial weight loss programs, prescription diet pill and special diets.

Interestingly, a large portion of those surveyed choose these methods over weight loss surgery because wait times for surgery are longer in Canada and because consumers don’t get clear guidance on how to combat obesity, according to the survey’s authors.

The Problem with Guidelines

We’re all too aware of the problems related to “qualifying” for weight loss surgery.

The New York Times has an interesting opinion piece running now that illustrates exactly what we mean. To “qualify” for weight loss surgery, some patients actually gain weight! Because they want to lose weight!!

Talk about irony.