Gastric Bypass, Is It Worth It?

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The prevalence of gastric bypass, or bariatric, surgeries has soared within the past 15 years. It has increased 16 fold to 220,000 surgeries per year. It has become a cure all and a go to, for obesity.

Obesity affects 1 in 3 Americans. At the Weight of the Nation Conference in Washington, they said that the number of obese Americans is expected to increase from 36% presently to 42% of the adult population in 2030. These experts estimate that the cost of treating these additional obese people for health issues related to their obesity (heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.) will add up to nearly $550 billion over the next 2 decades. You can read more about this in a previous article about the rising cost of obesity here. Continue reading Gastric Bypass, Is It Worth It?