The causes of obesity are varied and complex. Studies show that once the problem is established, diet and exercise have a limited ability to provide effective long-term relief. The scientific community continues to search for answers. But until the disease is better understood, the control of excess weight is something patients must work at for their entire lives. That is why it is very important to understand that bariatric procedures such as Orbera™ Intragastric Balloon, LAP-BAND® System, Gastric Sleeve, or Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass should not be considered cures; rather, they are attempts to reduce the effects of excessive weight and alleviate the serious physical, emotional, and social consequences of the disease.