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The Tools Of Bariatric Medicine

Just as there are many factors contributing to obesity, bariatrics utilizes many techniques to control weight and induce weight loss. Although bariatric medicine is concerned with all methods of weight loss including nutrition and exercise, the term is used almost synonymously with surgical procedures. Such techniques include cosmetic procedures such as liposuction and somewhat radical operations like gastric resections. In addition, drug therapy is often employed in the fight for weight loss. Pharmaceuticals are used alone or in combination to reduce appetite or inhibit the metabolism of ingested fats. The ease of taking pills to reduce body fat make pharmaceuticals attractive to many. However, side effects and the potential for abuse of medications can be significant.

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