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American Society of Bariatric Surgery

According to the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASBS), weight loss surgeries have more than doubled since 1995. The government's Weight-control Information Network calls it "the best option for people who are severely obese and cannot lose weight by traditional means."

The American Medical Association

The American Medical Association's (AMA) stand is considerably different. It advised surgeons in an April 9, 2003, issue of JAMA to work around the ethical and scientific issues by telling patients weight loss surgery is "investigational" and informing them that "it is not known whether these procedures will even help them."


National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance

"There is no conclusive evidence that gastrointestinal surgery for weight loss increases longevity or improves overall health," states the stronger National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) official position.

It "condemns gastrointestinal surgery for weight loss under any circumstances" and urges people to carefully examine the hazards and complications before considering it.

The International Size Acceptance Association

The International Size Acceptance Association (ISAA) position has been against WLS since 2001, and last November they issued a statement emphatically condemning the surgery on teens and children. These groups oppose WLS not because they promote obesity, but based on thorough reviews of the research.

Sadly, many weight loss surgery patients get their information from the media and those with vested interests in the surgery. If the evidence was better known, it's possible that fewer obese individuals would resort to weight loss surgery and perhaps turn to diet and exercise therapy to lose weight, instead.

Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery - Reminder
Bariatric weight loss surgery is not an easy option to lose weight. It's a serious surgical procedure whose long-term weight loss success depends on a patient's commitment to diet and behavior modification for life, along with exercise for weight control.

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