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Invited Commentary
August 2016

The Behavior and Biology Behind Bariatric Surgery Outcomes

Author Affiliations
  • 1Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 3VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, Michigan
JAMA Surg. 2016;151(8):758. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2016.0479

Morbid obesity is a growing public health concern in the United States. There is also increasing recognition of the benefits of bariatric surgery in curbing the obesity epidemic.1 Bariatric surgery is often referred to as a piece in the puzzle required for acute and persistent weight loss. Unfortunately, significant variation remains in the sustainability of postoperative weight loss, which may be driven by behavior, biology, or a combination of the two.2

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