by Savitha C Muppala on  February 17, 2011 at 7:23 PM Obesity News
 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.

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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