Weight-loss surgery is an option for many

Surgery to reduce or bypass the stomach has risks, but so does extreme obesity.

Obesity among American women is leveling off, according to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), a periodic assessment of American diet and health. Researchers with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which conducts the survey, found that the percentage of obese women did not increase between 1999 and 2004 (Journal of the American Medical Association, April 5, 2006). It's the first such slowdown in more than 25 years.

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