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Woman Loses Legs After Weight-Loss Surgery

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  • Since 2009, 5 people have died shortly after receiving Lap-Band procedures at Orange County clinics associated with a popular "1-800-GET-THIN" advertising campaign
  • Serious complications from weight loss surgery are common (upwards of 40 percent) and can be severe or deadly
  • Recently a woman had to have both her legs amputated due to complications from weight loss surgery
  • It’s not necessary to resort to surgery for weight loss; restricting dietary carbohydrates (including fructose), increasing healthy fat consumption, and engaging in high-intensity burst-type exercise like Peak Fitness will help virtually everyone reach their weight-loss goals

By Dr. Mercola

If you're significantly overweight, you may feel you'd be willing to do anything to get the weight off, even resorting to surgery. And with rates of obesity skyrocketing -- two-thirds of all U.S. states already have obesity rates exceeding 25 percent -- the use of bariatric (weight loss) surgery has increased 10-fold since 2000 in some areas.

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