F.D.A. Gets Lenient on Eligibility for Use of Band Device

by Savitha C Muppala on  February 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM Obesity News   - G J E 4
It is not necessary for people to be really obese to be eligible for weight loss surgery.

People with a BMI of 30 with an associated health condition are now eligible for the lap-band stomach restricting device.
 F.D.A. Gets Lenient on Eligibility for Use of Band Device
F.D.A. Gets Lenient on Eligibility for Use of Band Device

The Food and Drug Administration has revised the standard and has decided to allow Allergan's Lap-Band stomach-restricting device on people who may not exactly fit the  criteria of 'obese' individuals.  

The new rule will make  more than 26 million eligible for the weight-loss surgery.

The FDA has introduced this change so that people with health complications related to over-weight , for instance hypertension or diabetes, can find a way to lose weight with the help of the lap-band device.

Others who are overweight but do not have any associated health issues may not still qualify for weight loss surgery.

Source: Medindia

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Wow! I would avoid disparaging the FDA. The decision on the Lap-Band was based on science. This device has a 20 year track record. It was approved in EU years before being approved in the U.S. I don't need to defend the FDA. Just visit the largest online community at: There are hundreds of thousands of members who've successfully undergone the Lap Band surgery. They're people who got their life back because of the lap Band Surgery. There is a lot of dis-information that is just so far from the truth in this comment section and all over the place.
LapBand Monday, March 7, 2011

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