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06 August 2013

White Americans more likely to have bariatric surgery

Obese white Americans are twice as likely as obese African Americans to have weight-loss surgery, a new study says.

Obese white Americans are twice as likely as obese African Americans to have weight-loss surgery, even though more African Americans qualify for the procedures, a new study says.

Insurance coverage appears to play a role in this discrepancy, the researchers say. They found that about 70% of whites had private health insurance, compared with 50% of blacks.

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