A new study counters the presumption that bariatric surgery is just a short-term fix for severe obesity. Hero Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Bariatric Surgery Can Help People Keep Weight Off Long Term

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Physical exercise, diet and supportive counseling are the first steps of any weight-loss program. But sometimes that's not enough to take large amounts of weight off, and keep it off, doctors say. 13/Ocean/Corbis hide caption

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Surgery Helps Some Obese Teens In Battle To Get Fit

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When Bariatric Surgery's Benefits Wane, This Procedure Can Help

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Just knowing that someone is obese doesn't mean they would benefit from bariatric surgery, doctors say. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Evidence is growing that bariatic surgery reduces health risks of obesity. Life in View/Science Source hide caption

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For Many, Affordable Care Act Won't Cover Bariatric Surgery

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Weight-Loss Surgery May Help Treat, Even Reverse, Diabetes

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