Eating an extremely low-calorie diet, long total fasting, taking medication to lose
weight, or having surgery to lose weight are options that carry a significant risk of
long-term serious side effects. They should be considered only for people who
are seriously obese, when recommended by a physician and only undertaken under
medical supervision. Although bariatric surgery is an effective intervention to bring
about weight loss, improve metabolism and reduce the risk of diabetes and CVD, so
can a healthier lifestyle without the cost, health risks, and the lifetime of unpleasant
side effects.

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