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Oct 23

Bariatric surgery: How to tell if you qualify for this effective weight-loss method – Business Insider India

Doctors may recommend bariatric surgery to help people with obesity shed pounds and keep them off. But in order to get it, you should already have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through other means, says Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, an obesity medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital's weight center.

Someone should first try altering their lifestyle by doing things like getting more exercise or improving their diet, she says. "If you have done those things and maybe even tried medication for weight loss but you still have moderate to severe obesity, I would strongly consider metabolic and bariatric surgery."

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says that substantial evidence suggests that surgery is the most effective weight loss option for many young people with severe obesity. The AAP does not set an age at which children are too young for bariatric surgery, saying instead that the decision should be made by children and their families.

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"I also believe if you happen to be in your late 60s, early 70s and have always struggled with your weight this might be considered an option," she says. "We really should be considering it across the age spectrum."

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