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By Rebecca Scritchfield
June 20, 2018

Bernie Salazar felt fine, as good as any healthy father of a 2-year-old. He
only scheduled a doctor's visit because he received a calendar alert
reminding him it was time for his annual wellness checkup. Bernie and his
relatively new doctor had already discussed his weight, dieting history and
health status the previous year, and he'd gotten "all clear" after normal
lab results. But this time, after he stepped off the scale with what he
considered a scant four-pound increase on his 260-pound frame, the doctor
suggested it was time to talk about weight-loss surgery.