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

by Savitha C Muppala on February 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM
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 F.D.A. Gets Lenient on Eligibility for Use of Band Device

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.

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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.



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