Essay on Bariatric Surgery

2755 Words Aug 20th, 2014 12 Pages
Bariatric Surgery; is it Worth the Cost

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Bariatric surgery is a form of weight loss method that can be used as a last resort to treat people with extreme obesity. It can be quite helpful in treating people with potentially life-threatening excessive amount of body fat where other actions such as paying for a gym membership or nutritional counseling have not worked.

However to be considered for bariatric surgical procedures one must meet a certain criteria. Possibly life-endangering obesity is defined as:

• A body mass index of 35 or higher.

• A body mass index of between 35 and 40 and another obesity related health condition such as high blood pressure that could be mitigated by losing
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Over the past years, obesity has fast come to be one of America’s most crucial public health issues. Almost one third of American adults have obesity which is associated with various major health complications such as diabetes, high blood pressure, some types of cancer and osteoarthritis all of which are causes of avoidable death. (American Heart Association, 2014)

Understandably, obesity would become a concern to employers. They most likely would wish to avoid the high well-being care costs and working with fewer employees. Research and statistics indicate that offering bariatric surgery on the company insurance policy is advantageous for the company, as it improves the quality of life for the employees, employees become more productive, and it saves the company more money in obesity related diseases.

1. One of the reasons why it is important for employers to cover bariatric surgery is that it improves the quality of life for employees, especially in the work place. Research shows that employees who lose weight are more confident in the work environment. Their social and psychological characteristics such as self-esteem, body image, confidence, and health related quality of life were seen to have improved significantly in the first year after bariatric surgical procedures.

Moreover, losing weight helps employees be more comfortable as they are no longer subjected to negative stereotypes. This benefits the company in

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