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Weight Loss Surgery Can Help Whole Families: Study
Date:10/18/2011

I at the 95th percentile or higher using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention growth charts. Having obese parents puts a child at sharply increased likelihood of being obese themselves.

Morton said that losing weight by other means than bariatric surgery could show similar a impact on family members. "What makes bariatric surgery unique is the results are so dramatic and so consistent and that reverberates through the family," he said. "When they see the terrific changes in terms of health, that gives them hope."

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on bariatric surgery.

SOURCES: John Morton, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor, surgery, Stanford University, and director, bariatric surgery, Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Palo Alto, Calif.; Mitchell Roslin, M.D., chief of obesity surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City, N.Y.; October 2011, Archives of Surgery


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