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SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2018

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42 m a s s a g e & b o d y w o r k s e p t e m b e r / o c t o b e r 2 0 1 8 education PATHOLOGY PERSPECTIVES Demystifying Obesity Looking Beyond the Scale, Part 2 By Ruth Werner and Lisa Santoro In my previous Pathology Perspectives column (Massage & Bodywork, July/August 2018, page 40), we introduced the condition of obesity as a freestanding disease. The American Medical Association, the World Health Organization, and many others support this view. The World Obesity Federation describes obesity as "a chronic, relapsing, progressive disease process." The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists suggests changing the name from obesity to "adiposity-related chronic disease." This label and description capture an important aspect of obesity: it is a chronic condition, meaning it is long-lasting, progressive, and difficult—if not impossible, for some people—to permanently correct through diet and exercise alone. In this column, we will look at common treatment options for obesity, with a focus on bariatric surgery. Much of this column will be carried by my friend, colleague, and veteran of bariatric surgery Lisa Santoro, a certified massage therapist and lymphatic specialist. Santoro is currently getting her psychology degree with a minor in nutrition. She will be working in the postbariatric surgery

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