Obesity is shaping up to be the major health care problem and one of the most frequent causes of preventable death in Western countries in the 21st century.
Bariatric surgery is the only current treatment that has been shown to achieve major and durable weight loss.
Major weight loss in the severely obese leads to total or partial control of a wide range of common and serious diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding is the most common type of obesity surgery performed in Australia. It is effective, relatively safe and minimally invasive.
The blocks to broader application of bariatric surgery should be identified and resolved.
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