13 January 2021


Section 1: Introduction to weight loss surgery


 Studies over the years have shown that obesity leads to poorer health and shortens life expectancy. At least 2.8 billion people die every year as a result of being overweight or obese. 

Obesity is a major risk factor for noncommunicable diseases. These include cardiovascular diseases (which were the leading cause of death in 2012), diabetes (with 65-80% of new cases of Type 2 diabetes caused by obesity), musculoskeletal disorders (especially osteoarthritis) and some cancers (including endometrial, breast, ovarian, prostate, liver, gallbladder, kidney, and colon). The risk for these noncommunicable diseases increases with increases in BMI (Source: World Health Organisation). 

With Weight Loss Surgery you have the opportunity to improve your health and well-being, and finally feel in control. Evidence strongly suggests that surgery is more effective than non-surgical options in terms of long-term weight reduction. The Swedish Obesity Subjects (SOS) study on over 4,000 people found that weight loss following surgery was still apparent 10 years after treatment. However, patients receiving conventional non-surgical treatment had regained weight (Sjöström et al. 2012). 

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