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From my home town paper today: Obesity Surgery May Become Option for Many More.

Allergan is petitioning the FDA to have the BMI at which the lap-band is permitted reduced so that people who do not currently meet the thresholds will meet them. Translation -- more customers. Apparently, sales are falling during this recession.

The article has a pretty good mix of some physicians saying -- "hey, before we start operating on millions of people don't we want to know this is safe?" and bariatric surgeons (themselves!) bringing up the issue of later deaths due to the lap band being under-reported. There is also shilling of the band by some who are trying to convince us it's great for reducing your cholesterol, diabetes... what ails you, basically. It does have some good mentions of side-effects and how people have the band removed because of them. BTW -- 70% of people who receive a band experience pain and vomiting. Show of hands -- who would like to barf and have a stomach ache all day long? Thought so. Me either.

The case they show is a woman who, currently at 5'6" and 175 lbs wants a band. The story is not detailed. They don't disclose dieting history, activity level or anything like that. She was fatter, she lost weight, still wants a band.

Let's see what the comments look like if they put it up on the Well blog or if they open comments on the article or the blog. It may become "popcorn time". Lots of trolls, lively discussion (not all of it erudite - alas), and verbal fisticuffs. For those of you who like pounding trolls, the Well blog is a great place to do it.

Anyway, not a bad article about a HORRIBLE idea. Let's see what comes of it.

--Andy Jo--

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DeeLeigh's picture
DeeLeigh
December 6th, 2010 | Link | I think you (and the

I think you (and the article) are right about the economic motivation - and it's really, really ugly.

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AndyJo
December 6th, 2010 | Link | UPDATE -- They approved it...

The FDA panel folded and approved the lower BMI.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/04/business/04obese.html?_r=1&ref=health

Shares of Allergan are up.

No kidding.

--Andy Jo--

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