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How is it that an obese person could lose weight with diet and exercise and not weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care 25 years experience
Risk: So many things improve with diet and exercise (cardiovascular health, decreased cancer risks, joint health, stress, muscle tone, diabetes, etc) that the benefits are amplified many-fold. Weight loss surgery on the other hand basically puts your body in a situation where it starves. U lose the weight but do not gain the other health benefits. Surgery is for those who have no other good options.
Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Surgery: It would be ideal for an obese person to lose weight with diet and exercise. However, the reality is that 90% fail. That is why surgery is justified. Surgery is not the magic bullet though. You still need to eat healthy and exercise, but surgery helps to make it easier to lose weight.

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Last updated Dec 13, 2020

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