Obesity is a hot topic. Over the past two decades, the numbers of people with excess weight or obesity have skyrocketed into an epidemic. The social and medical costs associated with these conditions are also rising, constituting a public health crisis. Millions of Americans turn to diets for a solution to their weight woes. Unfortunately, for most people, diets prove no solution at all. Traditional wisdom tells us balanced nutrition and daily exercise are the road to good health. This may be true, but for a variety of reasons, many people find success by this path equally impossible. Contrary to popular belief, weight loss is not simply a matter of willpower. Obesity is a medical condition with causes ranging from genetic to environmental factors. For some people, even proper nutrition and exercise will not be enough to ensure the weight loss necessary for good health. When this is the case, individuals and their medical caregivers must explore other options. This book will introduce you to the therapeutic options, from medications to surgery, available when dieting isn't enough.