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This weight gain phenomenon isn't widespread. But it is one reason that the American Society for Bariatric Surgery last month decided to hold a major conference next spring to re-evaluate the guidelines for who qualifies for the surgical procedure, which essentially shrinks the stomach, prompting drastic weight loss.

To qualify for surgery, a patient must be at least 100 pounds overweight or have a body mass index of at least 40, putting them in the high-risk category of the morbidly obese.

The index, known as BMI, is a formula based on a person's weight and height.At that point, doctors consider the risk of being overweight to be bigger than the risk of the surgery.

In some cases, patients with a BMI above 35 are considered for the surgery if they have other life-threatening health problems such as heart disease that could be helped by weight loss.

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Gastrointestinal weight loss surgery is not an easy weight loss option. It's a serious surgical procedure whose long-term weight loss success depends on a patient's commitment to diet and behavior modification for life, along with exercise for weight control.

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