Surgery for Obesity is Linked to Longer Survival

Obese people seem likely to live longer if they have bariatric surgery (for obesity) – with a 53 percent lower risk of dying from any cause at five to 14 years after the procedure. These findings are reported in a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association conducted by lead author David Arterburn, M.D., M.P.H., associate investigator for the Group Health Research Institute. As severe obesity becomes more common, more Americans have been getting bariatric surgery. Understanding the surgery’s long-term outcomes is a research priority and the study’s authors plan to continue to explore outstanding questions on the issue.