Following a number of deaths and near-deaths in recent years among people who
have undergone bariatric surgery to treat severe obesity by reducing the size of
their stomachs, the Health Ministry has issued new directives to better regulate
Prof. Arnon Afek, the head of the ministry’s medical
administration, wrote – in a document aimed at all relevant authorities – that
Israel is one of 10 countries in the world with a significant increase in
obesity. It has multiplied three-fold in the past 30 years, he said.