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Bariatrics

A Multiple Approach To Weight Management

Often, bariatric treatment uses multiple approaches to manage weight loss. For instance, liposuction may address cosmetic concerns and reduce some bulk weight, while diet and behavioral regimens are taught to the same individual to reduce caloric intake. Furthermore, drug therapy may be used to reduce the absorption of fats from the diet and psychotherapy to address emotional issues may also be administered at the same time. In this multiple approach, many techniques are used simultaneously to induce and maintain weight loss for individuals who find weight loss to be very difficult. Often perceived as the result of a lack of willpower, weakness, or a lifestyle choice of overeating, obesity is in reality a chronic condition that is the result of many interacting factors that include genetics, environment, and behavior. As weight problems persist and increase in the United States, the need for new and effective bariatric treatments will continue to rise.

Resources

Books

Ackerman,Norman B. Fat No More: The Answer for the Dangerously Overweight. Prometheus Books, 1999.


Terry Watkins

KEY TERMS

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Adipose

—Fatty tissue.

Bariatrics

—The field of medicine concerned with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.

Liposuction

—The surgical removal of adipose tissue using suction techniques.

Obesity

—A metabolic condition of excess weight defined by some as a body weight over 30% of an ideal value.

Restrictive operations

—Bariatric procedures designed to promote weight loss by restriction the volume of food that can physically pass through the stomach. Stomach stapling is an example of a restrictive operation.

Additional topics

Science EncyclopediaScience & Philosophy: Ballistic galvanometer to Big–bang theoryBariatrics - The Problem Of Obesity, The Tools Of Bariatric Medicine, A Multiple Approach To Weight Management