Essential Characteristics of the Successful Bariatric Surgeon: Skills, Knowledge, Advocacy
The age-adjusted prevalence of overweight and obesity in the United States of adults of ages 20 to 74 reveals the tremendous challenge that faces modern society. According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Study II (NHANES II) from 1976 to 1980, 47% of the above age group were overweight [body mass index (BMI) ≥25] and 15% were obese (BMI ≥30). The NHANES III (1988–94) found that 56% were overweight and 23% were obese. The NHANES IV (1999–2000) found that 64% were overweight and 31% were obese. More recent data do not offer any encouragement that this trend will be reversed in the near future (1).
KeywordsBariatric Surgery Core Competency Surgical Skill Laparoscopic Skill Bariatric Surgeon
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