NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 20, 1972
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(Studio) Federal government declares 20 million in United States overweight. For some this is threat to life, New Orleans trumpet player Al Hirt operated on for obesity. Operation now being tested elsewhere.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Los Angeles, California) John Hooper 225 pounds overweight; caused by overeating. Tries surgery to correct problem. Operation called "intestinal shunt," sets up by-pass for part of intestine. [Dr. J. Howard PAYNE - explains operation, as film of procedure shown.] Reduction of digestive capacity causes weight loss. Aftereffects unpleasant; operation expensive. Surgeons perform operation selectively. [Dr. PAYNE - says operation performed as life-saving, not simply cosmetic, procedure.] Hooper loses 35 pounds in mo. after operation. [HOOPER - looks forward to wearing regular clothing; going dancing; run up and down stairs; resumption of normal, active life.] [Plays chess with child.]
REPORTER: Myra Scott