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September 3, 2014

The Current State of the Evidence for Bariatric Surgery

Author Affiliations
  • 1Group Health Research Institute, Seattle, Washington
  • 2The Permanente Medical Group, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Bariatric Surgery Center, Richmond
JAMA. 2014;312(9):898-899. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10940

The epidemic of obesity has begun to plateau in recent years, but the prevalence of severe obesity remains substantial, with estimates from 2011-2012 indicating that 14.5% of the US adult population have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher.1 Identifying cost-effective strategies to manage severe obesity is essential because per capita health care expenditures of severely obese adults are nearly twice those of normal-weight adults.2

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