bar·​iat·​ric | \ ˌber-ē-ˈa-trik How to pronounce bariatric (audio) , ˌba-rē-\

Definition of bariatric

: relating to or specializing in the treatment of obesity

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Baros means "weight" in Greek; so, for example, a barometer is an instrument that measures air pressure or weight. Bariatric describes the medical treatment of serious overweight—that is, obesity. Bariatric surgery is only employed when other methods of weight loss have been tried and failed. Though stapling the stomach may seem extreme, we now know that obesity greatly increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke, so stomach surgery doesn't just help people look and feel better—it's a potential lifesaver.

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The overall risk of complications afterward is less than 5% says Ali Aminian, a bariatric surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Chef Who Left His Kitchen To Keep Off 200 Pounds," 1 Dec. 2018 Working closely with the experts at a bariatric program, and using self-monitoring techniques like keeping a food journal, are key to long-term success, Dr. Sogg says. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "The Chef Who Left His Kitchen To Keep Off 200 Pounds," 1 Dec. 2018 The strongest support comes from bariatric surgery. Ilene Raymond Rush,, "She lost 100 pounds and reversed her type 2 diabetes. It's difficult, but possible," 14 June 2018 Last year, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery endorsed the procedure as safe and effective, said Dr. Eric DeMaria, president-elect of the society and a bariatric surgeon at St Mary's Medical Center in Richmond, VA. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Weight loss balloons now linked to 12 deaths," 4 June 2018 The researchers first analyzed a bariatric surgery study involving 30 patients age 19 or younger. Alan Mozes,, "Weight-loss surgery beats meds for obese, diabetic teens, study says," 21 Mar. 2018 That protective effect was seen in a group of 2,007 obese Swedish study participants who chose to undergo bariatric surgery, and were then followed for a median of 18 years. Melissa Healy,, "Weight-loss surgery is associated with a reduced risk of melanoma, researchers say," 24 May 2018 Weight-loss surgery patients are rightfully very vocal about bariatric surgery not being the easy way out, or cheating, or a shortcut. Jamie Nestrick,, "Gastric-bypass surgery: Here's what I've learned," 16 May 2018 The new Fire Station 4 will include existing countywide resources, one of four City ladder trucks and Akron's only bariatric unit that assists in the transport and emergency care of severely obese patients. Brittany Nader,, "City of Akron unveils plans for construction of new Fire Station 4, future development of former station," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bariatric

1958, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bariatric

bar- + -iatric

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