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Fighting the Stigma: Bariatric Surgery

“It’s cheating” “You’re giving up.” “That’s the easy way out.” These are all common phrases that bariatric patients hear on a regular basis, after battling obesity for what may have been their entire life (1)(2)(13). Unfortunately these hurtful words are more commonly used than one would think; in 2016 over 93 million Americans were considered obese according to the CDC National Center for Health Statistics data brief, and there were 216,000 bariatric surgeries performed that same year (3)(4). Many people are aware of the health consequences of having obesity; these include diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, depression, anxiety, GERD, asthma, heartburn, and joint pain (7). What most people

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