Health Watch — Weight Loss: Needing Surgery
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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about losing weight. For many of us, stocking our kitchens with healthy foods, eating a balanced diet and avoiding processed foods is enough to help us get our weight to a healthy range. But some people may need to take more extreme measures, such as bariatric surgery for weight loss.
People with a body-mass index, or BMI, of over 40 are generally considered to be morbidly obese, at around 100 pounds over their recommended weight. This is the point when surgery is considered. But Dr. Edward Livingston, a gastrointestinal surgeon at
UT Southwestern Medical Center, says there are people with a lower BMI who may be at risk for heart disease or diabetes from their weight because of the way their bodies store fat. The doctors recommend that guidelines be changed to recommend surgery at lower BMI levels for high-risk patients.
Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/bariatrics to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in bariatrics.
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