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US obesity surgery booms

15th January 2007

31082006_obesity1.jpgMore and more Americans are opting for surgery as a means of tackling the health problems caused by obesity, a new report says.

Bariatric, or weight loss, surgery was nine times more common in 2004 than in 1998 across the United States, according to the government's Agency for Healthcare Research.

The number of people undergoing bariatric surgery rose to 121,055 in 2004 from 13,386 in 1998, it found.

Most of the operations were gastric bypass operations. The fastest growth rates were seen among people aged between 55 and 64, but with significant growth among young adults and teenagers also seen.

Bariatric surgery increased for both sexes but was more common among women. Women accounted for about eight in 10 bariatric surgery patients in 2004, the study showed.

Weight loss, or bariatric, surgery is for morbidly obese people and those who are obese with serious medical conditions related to their weight.

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