Bariatric Surgery Benefits Not Just Patients, But Their Family Members Too

Obese family members of an obese patient who underwent bariatric surgery lose an average of 22 pounds (10 kgs) within a year of the operation, researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine reported in Archives of Surgery this week. The authors explained that bariatric surgery encouraged family members, and not just the patient, to adopt better healthy behaviors.

Data in the article’s background information proves that childhood obesity is strongly connected to obesity in adulthood, meaning that one of the biggest risks for becoming an obese child is having an obese parent.

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