1-800-GET-THIN & The Lap-Band: When People Lose Weight, Family Members Follow Their Example

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A new study shows that when a family member loses weight, other family members are motivated to lose weight too, according to the publication "The Archives of Surgery".

Obese people who take positive steps to lose weight can have an inspiring effect on obese family members.

A study published in the October 2011 issue of the Archives of Surgery shows that when a family member has bariatric surgery to lose weight, other family members who are obese may be more likely to lose weight themselves. The obese family members dropped their weight by an average of eight pounds during the study. The senior study author is Dr. John Morton, an associate professor of surgery at Stanford University and director of bariatric surgery at Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

Can obesity be contagious?
Previous studies found that obesity may be “contagious”, with people much more likely to become obese if their spouse, family member or friend is overweight, according to Los Angeles bariatric surgeon Dr. Lee Au. Dr. Au says he agrees with the study’s findings, which he says mirror his own observations of Lap-Band patients and their families. “There is no doubt that obese family members who are taking positive steps to lose weight can have an inspiring effect on those around them,” he says. “When people see a family member succeeding, they realize that they too can take action to shed pounds and become healthier! Watching someone lose weight may be the best motivator of all!”

1 800 GET THIN puts people in touch with weight loss professionals who provide information needed to make informed choices & lifestyle changes. The Lap-Band procedure is an FDA approved surgical procedure performed with the use of general anesthesia where a band is placed around the upper part of the stomach. Hundreds of thousands of obese patients have successfully lost weight and kept it off long-term with the Lap-Band. 

1 800 GET THIN has assisted thousands of people in Southern California to find new health and lose weight by working with the highest quality doctors.  Obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States. Our goal, as well as the goal of the centers and professionals we work with, is to attain a healthier and happier life for these individuals.

For information on weight loss, lifestyle changes and the Lap-Band, call 1-800-GET-THIN or visit http://www.1800getthin.com. All individuals should consult their physician prior to any weight loss program. Studies indicate that individuals can achieve 30-50% excess weight loss at 3 years.

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