The more practitioners and internists know about obesity surgery, the more they refer severely overweight patients to respective clinics and hospitals. Currently only 17.8 percent of 201 physicians do this. They were interviewed in a Germany-wide study of the IFB AdiposityDiseases.
In January 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) presented the final report of the “Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO)”. The report states that worldwide at least 41 million children up to the age of 5 are overweight or obese.