The Real Cost of Losing Weight

By Nikhil Hutheesing - 2012-10-15T12:50:24Z

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Bariatric Surgery

<p>Celebrities such as Star Jones and Al Roker have had gastric bypass surgery and lost more than 100 pounds. So have many others. In 2011, Americans spent $5.7 billion on a variety of bariatric surgeries. The process involves creating a pouch and attaching a section of the intestine to it so food bypasses the digestive path, reducing the calories being absorbed. For most people, surgery is a last resort. Costs vary, and there could be extra charges for body-contouring surgeries, if necessary.

$18,000-$35,000: Average cost for bariatric surgery -- Consumer Guide to Bariatric Surgery</p>