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Benefit of obesity treatment 'outweigh risks'

American Heart Association

The benefits of obesity treatment for the severely obese could outweigh the risks involved in going under the knife.

 

This is according to a statement from the American Heart Association, published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

 

Dr Paul Poirier, director of the prevention and rehabilitation programme at Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, said that the statement is a "consensus document that provides expert perspective based on the results of recent scientific studies", rather than an "across-the-board endorsement" of obesity treatment.

 

Dr Poirier explained that medical staff have become frustrated with the challenges involved in treating obesity, which is fast becoming an epidemic.

 

"Substantial long-term successes from lifestyle modifications and drug therapy have been disappointing, making it important to look at surgical options," he said.

 

Severe obesity is defined as having a body mass index of 40 or above and can have a disturbing impact on life expectancy, with a 25-year-old severely obese man having a 22 per cent reduction in his expected lifespan compared to a normal-weight individual.

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Obesity treatment news : 21 March 2011