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Weight loss surgery may soon be option for non-obese

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- Weight loss surgery may soon be available for those who are considered overweight, but not morbidly obese.

An advisory committee to the FDA will consider a request today by Allergan, the company that created the lap-band device that restricts food intake into the stomach.

Allergan wants to lower the requirement for the surgery to those with a BMI as low as 30.

The current guideline is a BMI of at least 40.

If the agency approves the change, it could double the number of Americans eligible for the lap-band operation.

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