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Nationwide, 93 million adults and one in five adolescents have obesity. But the concerns they face go well beyond excess weight. They are at greater risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, among other health problems.

People with obesity have numerous options to consider when looking for the approach that might work best for them. But for those seeking a surgical solution, finding the right treatment can be as complex as the condition itself.

That’s a challenge that Neely Williams, MDiv, a pastor in Nashville, Tennessee, knows firsthand. She struggled with her weight for 28 years, reaching more than 300 pounds. “The more I weighed, the less I was able to move. And the less I moved, the more I weighed,” she said.

After having weight-loss surgery herself, Williams decided to take action that could help others by becoming the patient co-investigator for a PCORI-funded study of the three most common types of bariatric surgery.

The PCORnet® Bariatric Study was one of the first designed to test the capabilities of PCORnet®, The National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network, which was developed with PCORI funding. PCORnet securely leverages networks of clinical information from millions of patients to help conduct large-scale health research more efficiently and quickly at a lower cost than would otherwise be possible.

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