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Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery in Latin America

  • Camilo BozaEmail author
  • Ricardo Funke
  • Ricardo Flores
  • Fernando Muñoz
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Abstract

Obesity could be defined as an excess of body fat, accompanied by an increase of the relation between weight and height. Operationally, obesity can be considered as the condition in which body mass index (BMI) is greater than 30.1 kg/m2.

The evolution of obesity has been observed in countries such as Chile, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Guatemala, and Bolivia among others.

Due to the magnitude of the problem, as a worldwide epidemic associated with high morbidity and mortality, the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity (IFSO) was created in 1995 with 8 member countries progressively increasing to 31 nations in 2003.

Keywords

Obesity Latin America Bariatric surgery Population Prevalence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Camilo Boza
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ricardo Funke
    • 1
  • Ricardo Flores
    • 1
  • Fernando Muñoz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Digestive SurgeryClinica Las CondesSantiagoChile

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