Digestion is an essential process for acquiring nutrients for metabolism. Metabolism, the sum of anabolic and catabolic reactions that consume or produce energy, controls several important body parameters such as body weight. The proper interplay between metabolism and digestion is important, and when that fails, we have metabolic disorders, such as diabetes, food intolerance, or obesity. In particular, obesity has become a common, serious, and costly disease. Weight-loss surgeries or approaches can help lose weight and lower the risk of medical problems associated with obesity.
For this post, you will:
Choose one weight-loss treatment and investigate an associated pro or con. Only 1 pro or con per student. (A pro cannot just be weight loss). Weight loss surgeries or approaches that you can select are:
Adjustable Gastric Banding
Gastric Bypass Surgery (Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass)
Vagal Blockade or vBloc
Gastric Balloon/Intragastric Balloon System
How does your choice work? Does it work by restriction, malabsorptive restrictive surgery, by the implantation of an electrical device, etc.?
Are there some restrictions based on age, health, or population groups related to your choice of weight loss intervention?
Are the long-term benefits of your choice? If so, what are they? If not, why not?