Many societies have recognized bariatric surgery as a safe and effective solution for resolving weight-related health conditions.

"Bariatric surgery is the most effective therapy available for morbid obesity and can result in improvement or complete resolution of obesity comorbidities."
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, 20051

"Bariatric surgery should be considered for adults with BMI ≥35 kg/m2 and type 2 diabetes, especially if the diabetes is difficult to control with lifestyle and pharmacologic therapy."
American Diabetes Association, 20092

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"Weight-loss surgery is the most effective treatment for morbid obesity, producing durable weight loss, improvement or remission of comorbid conditions and longer life."
Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), 20093

"When indicated, surgical intervention leads to significant improvements in decreasing excess weight and comorbidities that can be maintained over time."
American Heart Association, 20114

"Bariatric surgery is an appropriate treatment for people with type 2 diabetes and obesity not achieving recommended treatment targets with medical therapies."
International Diabetes Federation, 20115

"Surgical intervention in obesity significantly reduces the risk of DM and the risk of future mortality and is cost effective."
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 20116

"The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has declared that there is significant clinical evidence to declare obesity as a disease state. 'Whereas obesity was formerly viewed largely as the consequence of consistently poor lifestyle choices, sufficient evidence has accumulated to implicate a number of heterogeneous hormonal and regulatory disorders in the pathogenesis and progression of the obese state,' said AACE Vice President Dr. Alan Garber. 'Additional interventions and alternative approaches are clearly necessary.'"
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, 20117

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