• The Obesity Cure Is Out of Reach in the Heaviest States

    15 days ago - By The Atlantic

    In Mississippi, more than 37 percent of adults are obese, making it the second-most obese state in the nation. But Mississippi is also one of two states, along with Montana, that doesn't cover bariatric surgery in its Medicaid program, which serves 760,000 people. One popular type of bariatric surgery, the gastric sleeve, costs between $20,000 and $35,000 without insurance, experts told me. It shrinks the stomach to about the size of a banana, changing the body's hunger hormones and reducing a person's natural weight-one they don't have to starve themselves to stick to. For the morbidly...
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