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Comment on: Insurance-mandated weight management program completion before bariatric surgery provides no long-term clinical benefit

Published:November 15, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soard.2022.11.006
      By 2030, 1 in 2 American adults is projected to have obesity and 1 in 4 clinically severe obesity. Obesity represents a serious public health issue because it is a major risk factor for many major, noncommunicable diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and cancer, and independently predicts overall mortality. The burden of obesity on medical spending is also significant, with $1861 in excess annual medical costs per adult with obesity and $3097 per adult with severe obesity—accounting for $173 billion annually in the United States [
      • Ward Z.J.
      • Bleich S.N.
      • Long M.W.
      • Gortmaker S.L.
      Association of body mass index with health care expenditures in the United States by age and sex.
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