The Coalition against Morbid Obesity supports the results of a major study published today in The New England Journal of Medicine

    MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Josée Roy and Jennifer Schultz,
cofounders of the Coalition against Morbid Obesity, applaud the results of an
important study on bariatric surgery published today in The New England
Journal of Medicine ( This study clearly
demonstrates that bariatric surgery significantly reduces the mortality rate
of morbidly obese people who undertake it. "Morbid obesity is a disease.
Bariatric surgery is the only efficient treatment of morbid obesity. It is a
matter of life and death. The results of this major scientific study will, I
hope, contribute to eliminate the preconceived ideas against morbidly obese
persons and bariatric surgery", says Mrs. Schultz. "This study effectively
shows the beneficial impact of bariatric surgery on the health and survival of
morbidly obese people. And let's not forget the substantial economic benefits
for our healthcare system", adds Mrs. Roy. "The government must immediately
allocate more resources to provide adequate treatment to the 200,000+
Quebecers suffering from morbid obesity. In Quebec, only 1,000 bariatric
surgeries are being performed each year. It's far from enough!", concludes
Mrs. Schultz.

    Morbid obesity

    Morbid obesity is the starting point for different types of diseases that
are often fatal, such as arterial hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, or heart
disease. An individual's obesity level can be evaluated by means of the body
mass index (BMI), which is calculated by dividing the person's weight by his
or her height squared (Kg/m(2)). Morbid obesity corresponds to a BMI higher
than or equal to 40, or higher than or equal to 35 if accompanied by

    Bariatric surgery

    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), bariatric surgery is
considered to be the only effective treatment for morbid obesity. Bariatric
surgery includes a series of techniques that are based on two intervention
principles: gastric bypass (reduced volume) and intestinal malabsorption
(derivation). In Québec in 2005, the Agence d'évaluation des technologies et
des modes d'intervention en santé (AETMIS) tabled a report entitled "Surgical
Treatment of Morbid Obesity - Update", which reviews all of the bariatric
surgery techniques. The AETMIS recommended establishing an action plan in
Québec to define the need for bariatric surgery and devise ways to respond to

    About the Coalition against Morbid Obesity

    Created in February 2007, the Coalition against Morbid Obesity is a
non-profit, Québec-based organization that draws on the strength of
association to increase awareness of the issue of morbid obesity and to foster
better access to bariatric surgery in Québec. Its signature, "Weight that
kills", expresses the dramatic situation that is experienced by people who are
suffering from morbid obesity. As its name indicates, this disease leads to a
faster death for those who are afflicted. For more information, visit

    Photographs of Josée Roy and Jennifer Schultz are posted on:

For further information:

For further information: Hélène Hains, Enigma communications, (514)
982-0308, extension 221, 1 888 787-0308, extension 221,

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