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photoDramatic success stories have prompted many obese adults and an increasing number of adolescents undergo stomach reduction surgery as a means of losing weight and staving off life-threatening health disorders. But do the benefits outweigh the risks?


Scott Shikora, surgeon, Obesity Consult Center at Tufts-New England Medical Center

Mary Brandt, professor of surgery and associate professor of pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

Paul Ernsberger, associate professor of nutrition, Case Western Reserve University

Keeley Kark, 20-year-old patient who had stomach reduction surgery in January

This program aired on December 3, 2003.

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