Making the leap to have bariatric surgery is no small decision. Likewise, staying compliant with a bariatric vitamin routine is equally no small task. “We are told as part of the preparation for surgery that we have to take [Bariatric] vitamins every day for the rest of our lives,” says Antonia Namnath, CEO and founder of the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America. “We are no longer able to absorb all of the nutrients we need through our food. After these surgeries, you’re eating less and the speed at which food goes through your body means it’s not fully digested, so you’re not digesting the same way as a person who hasn’t had surgery.” She adds, “For us, post-op vitamins are not a luxury, they are life saving and keep us healthy.”
More than one-third of adults in the U.S. are reportedly obese (approximately 36.5% of adults), according to the Centers for Disease Control. It’s not surprising then that the number of people undergoing bariatric surgeries is also on the rise. The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery noted that approximately 196,000 patients underwent bariatric surgery in 2015, a significant increase from the 158,000 reported in 2011.
When we launched Tespo, we started with multivitamins. Then, we began to hear requests from customers. One of the loudest voices we heard was from the Bariatric community requesting that we create a Bariatric Formula. We took this to heart and now, we are proud to introduce our Bariatric Formula.
Bariatric surgical procedures help people to lose weight by restricting the amount of food the stomach can hold. In the U.S., more than 150,000 people undergo some form of weight loss surgery each year. In 2013, the number of bariatric surgeries reported was 179,000.