Obesity surgery grows in popularity in the USBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7267.980/e (Published 21 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:980
- Fred Charatan
Surgery for obesity is becoming increasingly common in the United States, with the number of operations growing from 20 000 five years ago to 40 000 this year.
More than half of Americans are overweight, as defined by a body mass index (weight(kg)/(height(m)2)) of 25 to 29, and nearly 18% are obese with a body mass index of at least 30.
In a 1991 report the National Institutes of Health concluded that surgery was a reasonable solution for some people and said, “a …