IMPACT OF OBESITY SURGERY
ANCHOR LEAD : DOES HAVING SURGERY TO REDUCE WEIGHT SAVE LIVES? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
When obese people undergo surgery for weight loss and then lose weight, they may feel and look better, but do they improve their life expectancy? Thomas Magnuson, chief of obesity surgery at Johns Hopkins, says data are emerging that suggest they do.
MAGNUSON: There’s studies coming out of the United States as well as Sweden looking at survival after people lose weight. When you’re heavy your life expectancy is less, kind of makes sense, because you do develop diabetes and heart disease. But if you’re able to lose that weight you pretty much go back to a normal life expectancy curve of someone who’s normal weight. It’s not like smoking cigarettes where if you stop you’re still at risk for lung cancer, if you’re able to get rid of your obesity, able to reverse your diabetes and your hypertension by losing weight then there’s a reasonable expectation that your survival will also increase. :29
Those who’ve had chronic back pain, arthritis or other joint conditions should also experience relief following obesity surgery. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.