Posted by: shoji | August 25, 2007

Lose weight, save lives

clipped from www.washingtonpost.com
Obese people are significantly less likely to die prematurely if they undergo stomach surgery to lose weight, according to two large new studies that offer the first convincing evidence that the health gains of losing weight translate into living longer.
The research, involving about 20,000 obese people in the United States and Sweden, found that those who underwent surgery had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk of dying over the next seven to 10 years than those who went without the operations.

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