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Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.

Bariatric surgery has been a popular treatment in the war against obesity. Recent reports have found that 2.3% of the United States population has a body mass index greater than 40 kg/m2. This suggests that more than six million people are in the weight range for potential therapy with bariatric surgery (Holtz-Gray; Prevention).

There is a difference between being overweight and obese. Overweight is defined as a total body weight over the recommended range for good health. Obese is a more serious degree of overweight (Penn Bariatrics).

The body mass index measure of health is not always accurate. A very muscular person may be assessed as obese and an elderly person may be assessed as healthy although they are low body weight with high body fat. Only a doctor can properly assess an individual’s BMI.

The term bariatrics was created around 1965 from the Greek root baro ("weight," as in barometer) and suffix -iatrics ("a branch of medicine," as in pediatrics).

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