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  1. Manchester, Susan RD, LDN, CNSD
  2. Roye, G. Dean MD


Obesity is a condition associated with high morbidity and mortality affecting a large proportion of Americans. It is estimated that 22 million people in the United States are morbidly obese and medically eligible for bariatric surgery. The increasing prevalence of bariatric surgery makes it likely that dietetic practitioners working in various settings will encounter patients in any stage after weight loss surgery. Research is being conducted, and evidenced-based recommendations are being published. However, many of the currently published guidelines are based solely on expert opinion. This article provides an overview of the critical nutrition-related issues in caring for the weight-loss surgery patient and provides resources for those seeking detailed information.