Published online Sep 21, 2017. doi: 10.3748/wjg.v23.i35.6371
Peer-review started: July 12, 2017
First decision: August 10, 2017
Revised: August 18, 2017
Accepted: September 5, 2017
Article in press: September 5, 2017
Published online: September 21, 2017
Core tip: A world-wide rise in the prevalence of obesity and obesity-related medical conditions needs to be addressed. Newer endoscopic methods will be incorporated into the clinical practice of gastrointestinal physicians, although the long-term impact of these endoscopic methods on medically-complicated obesity remains under investigation. As a potential long-term approach, development of a curriculum designed to incorporate one year of subspecialty training in bariatrics to the present training of gastrointestinal fellows needs to be reconsidered. Longitudinal studies could be performed to examine the impact of subspecialty training on medical complications, outcomes, and costs in treating individuals with medically-complicated obesity.