Advisory for Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Surgical Weight Loss Patients To Reunite
WHAT: Hundreds of people who have successfully ended their struggle with obesity by having gastric bypass surgery will reunite to share their amazing stories of weight loss, and at the same time inspire others who might be considering gastric bypass as a solution to obesity.
WHO: Participants of this event, along with Troy LaMar, MD, and Bengt Pehrsson, MD, will be available for interviews.
WHEN: Wednesday, April 25, 6 p.m.
WHERE: Embassy Suites Hotel, 211 E. Huntington Drive, Arcadia
BACKGROUND: Most people find it very difficult to lose even 10 or 20 pounds. However, the more than 1,000 people who have been treated by bariatric surgeons at Methodist Hospital of Southern California have a very different story to tell. Many of them will come together for a reunion.
There are more than 12 million people in the United States who are severely obese, meaning 100 or more pounds overweight. Yearly, approximately 300,000 people die due to obesity-related complications. That’s comparable to the approximately 300,000 people in the U.S. who die from smoking-related circumstances.
After 10 years, many gastric bypass patients have maintained a weight loss of about 100 pounds.
MEDIA CONTACT: Tony Yang, (626) 898-8973