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Research Letter
December 12, 2018

Assessment of Public Attitudes Toward Weight Loss Surgery in the United States

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Surgery, New York–Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
  • 2Department of Healthcare Policy and Research, New York–Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York
JAMA Surg. 2019;154(3):264-266. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2018.4650

Despite the safety and effectiveness of weight loss surgery, only 0.4% of patients who qualify based on National Institutes of Health criteria proceed to have a weight loss surgical procedure.1 One hypothesized reason is that negative public attitudes toward weight loss surgery prevent patients from considering it as an option. However, to our knowledge, no studies have assessed attitudes toward weight loss surgery in the US general population. We designed a national cross-sectional survey to assess these attitudes.

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