Bariatric surgery: do the benefits outweigh the risks?
Obesity prevalence is the highest it has ever been. And with the increase in obesity comes an increase in the number of weight loss surgery procedures. But how safe are the procedures, and do the benefits outweigh the risks?
There is no doubt that obesity is a major cause of a number of serious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
The condition can lead to type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and it has also been linked to some cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer. Furthermore, the condition can severely damage a person’s quality of life, leaving them immobile and often triggering depression.