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Researchers currently are searching for a cure to the emerging obesity epidemic affecting people around the world. It was recently reported that researchers are getting closer to developing an obesity vaccine that would decrease the amount of a hormone know to promote weight gain.

Researchers currently are searching for a cure to the emerging obesity epidemic affecting people around the world. It was recently reported that researchers are getting closer to developing an obesity vaccine that would decrease the amount of a hormone know to promote weight gain.

Scientific developments may one day significantly decrease the rate of obesity and its harmful effects. Obese or severely overweight individuals are known to have an increased risk for heart attack, stoke and diabetes, as well as many other diseases. Obesity is a medical condition that must be treated with medical advice and/or intervention.

Many people who have tried and failed to lose weight through conventional methods such as diet and exercise may find success with bariatric surgery, which involves dividing the stomach into two sections. One of the two sections is a new, smaller pouch that will act as the new stomach. The new stomach has the capacity of roughly two ounces, as opposed to its former size of about two quarts. This drastic reduction limits the stomach’s ability to hold food, resulting in the patient feeling full after eating only a small amount.

“Obesity is a huge risk for cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” said Eugene Rumsey, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgeon at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com) and Scripps Mercy Hospital. “We are fortunate to be able to offer patients a realistic, long-term solution to help them improve their health and their lifestyle.”

Surgeons at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. have performed over 9,000 procedures on adult and adolescent patients at Scripps Mercy Hospital. As a result of outstanding aftercare programs and support groups, patients at Pacific Bariatric and Scripps Mercy Hospital see a slightly higher success rate than the national average.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. 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. 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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