Treatment Options


Treatment of obesity entails weight loss and weight loss maintenance. The co-morbid conditions are resolved or ameliorated with the weight loss and maintenance. Currently, non-surgical treatments are usually effective in inducing weight loss but rarely weight loss maintenance. Weight regain and return of co-morbid conditions are the norm.


Surgery, bariatric surgery, offers the only modality that provides long term weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Surgery is a tool and as such it is very limited at best. Surgical weight loss is based on the principles of decreased caloric intake and/or malabsorption of calories in the gastro-intestinal tract.

Manuela Mazzarella
IFSO Chief Operating Officer
Rione Sirignano, 5
80121 Naples – Italy

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