San Diego Surgeon Offers the Skinny on Fad Diets and Obesity

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Every year diets are introduced to the public with the promise of quick and easy weight-loss results. These diets rarely are a long-term or permanent weight-loss solution. The bottom line is that there is no magic bullet for weight loss.

Every year diets are introduced to the public with the promise of quick and easy weight-loss results. These diets rarely are a long-term or permanent weight-loss solution. The bottom line is that there is no magic bullet for weight loss.

A recent government-sponsored study has concluded that a low-fat diet doesn’t reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke or cancer, or even result in greater weight loss. The simple fact is that good health comes from a combination of a balanced diet, regular exercise, losing weight and avoiding risk factors such as smoking. Doctors have long-known that the elimination or management of risk factors, such as excess weight, smoking and genetics significantly improve an individual’s health.

For severely overweight people, the most effective method to lose weight may be bariatric or gastric bypass surgery. In fact, according to scientifically published reports, in 95 percent of cases significant weight lost through non-surgical programs is regained within three to five years. While bariatric surgery may set the stage for significant weight loss, it’s important to know that even surgical weight loss requires long-term lifestyle modification.

At Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com) and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, thousands of patients have successfully regained their health, life and sense of self. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery, one of the surgical options available, offers a shorter recovery time, with faster healing, less scarring and less pain. A healthy diet, support groups and a customized exercise plan help get patients on the path to losing weight and staying healthy for life.

“We are honored to be able to play such a tremendous role in the lives of our patients,” said George Zorn, M.D., Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group and Scripps Mercy Hospital surgeon. “Our commitment to life-long after care enables us to provide the very best for our patients and help them onto the road of success.”

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group and Scripps Mercy Hospital are nationally designated by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery. Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, also known as Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc., has an 80-year tradition of surgical excellence and leadership in San Diego County. Scripps Mercy Hospital has been a health care leader in San Diego County for 115 years, offering patients an unparalleled continuum of care. For more information, visit http://www.pbsmg.com.

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego’s longest established and only Catholic medical center. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California. For more information, visit http://www.scripps.org.

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