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Congressman Tom Reed from NY Goes Public About Getting Gastric Bypass Surgery

On May 15, 2013 the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) published an article: OBESITY IS AMERICAN ISSUE, NOT POLITICAL ONEComments on NY Congressman Tom Reed’s Gastric Bypass Surgery 

“Two highly visible figures in American politics revealed they had weight loss surgery this week showing no American is immune from the disease of obesity,” said Jaime Ponce, MD, president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s revelation that he had weight loss surgery, and now a U.S. Congressman Tom Reed from New York announced that he too had a weight loss surgery. “Multiple indignities and a major health scare prompted Congressman Tom Reed to undergo gastric bypass surgery in February. His new lifestyle has left him 70 pounds lighter and diabetes-free.”

“Metabolic and bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and long lasting treatment for morbid obesity, resulting in significant weight loss. It is also the most successful and durable treatment for many obesity-related diseases, including Type 2 diabetes.”

This can only add support and awareness to metabolic/weight loss surgery as an important tool to improve our health.

Read the full story from the ASMBS here.

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