The founder of the New York Bariatric Group and one of New York’s leading laparoscopic weight loss surgeon, Dr. Shawn Garber helped conduct a survey of nearly 2,000 men and women across the country. The study learned of each person’s perspective on commercial weight-loss programs versus surgical weight loss procedures.

This study comes shortly after the American Medical Association reported and recognized that obesity is a disease with countless overweight Americans at an increased risk of dangerous health conditions. They include hypertension, sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, and heart attack or stroke. According to research, those who endure commercial weight loss programs lost just 5-15 pounds in a two-year span.

About the Study

The New York Bariatric Group survey asked participants to share their thoughts on the effectiveness and safety of bariatric surgery. They compared these thoughts to the success rate of commercial diet programs. Ultimately, the study has found that there is a huge lack of understanding about weight loss surgery successes and the proven results patients experience after surgery. Nearly 60% of those studied were either overweight or obese.

Poll Results

The poll surveyed nearly 2,000 participants (981 male and 1,082 female). Some of its results can be found here:

  • 58% said they considered weight-loss options, while 46% don’t have an opinion on weight loss programs at all with 23.5% choosing Weight Watchers and just 6.3% choosing weight loss surgery.
  • In terms of weight loss, 57.6% believed that weight loss surgery patients lost just 30-80 pounds after two years.
  • 41.5% believe weight loss surgery is the best solution for those with serious weight problems and 35.5% believe that people should be able to just diet and exercise to lose excess weight.
  • 52.5% don’t have an opinion on the safety of weight loss surgery and did not list it as either safe or unsafe while 47.5% still believe it is dangerous.
  • 56.5% have no idea that health insurance would cover weight loss surgery and 25.7% assume that their health insurance would not cover the surgery at all.

The New England Journal of Medicine found that bariatric surgery is safe and effective. Dr. Garber believes that these survey results will better educate Americans on the misconceptions about commercial dieting versus weight loss surgery.

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