Why is treating obesity so difficult? Justification for the role of bariatric surgery

Proietto, Joseph
August 2011
Medical Journal of Australia;8/1/2011, Vol. 195 Issue 3, p144
Academic Journal
The article explains the role of bariatric surgery to treat obesity in Australia. It explains the regulation of body weight and the aetiology of obesity. It discusses the failure of public health measures to control the prevalence of obesity, and the emerging evidence that weight is regulated by the hypothalamus and that there is a strong genetic predisposition to the development of the disease. The provision of funds for bariatric surgery in public hospitals is suggested.


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