Examines causes & nature of obesity & option of surgery to remove fat deposits as treatment.

Since its relatively recent development, liposuction surgery has become one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in the United States. The operation itself involves using a cannula to disrupt subcutaneous adipose tissues. The techniques are particularly useful for the removal of localized fat deposits that do not respond to diet and exercise. Although various complications and sequelae have been associated with liposuction surgery, the procedure is generally safe and affordable.

Obesity may be defined as body weight that is 20 percent or more above the norm (10:385-392). In the United States, roughly 20 percent of all middle-aged males and 40 percent of middle-aged females fulfill this criterion. Moreover, considerable research has linked obesity with multiple health risks including diabetes…