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Where did the term “bariatric” come from?

Have you ever wondered where the term BARIATRIC came from? The term bariatrics was coined around 1965 from the Greek root bar- (“weight” as in barometer), suffix -iatr (“treatment,” as in pediatrics), and suffix -ic (“pertaining to”). Bariatric encompasses dieting, exercise and behavioral therapy approaches to weight loss, as well as pharmacotherapy and surgery. The term is also used in the medical field as somewhat of a euphemism to refer to people of larger sizes without regard to their participation in any treatment specific to weight loss, such as medical supply catalogs featuring larger hospital gowns and hospital beds referred to as “bariatric.” Source:Wikipedia.org

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