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Important Facts About Obesity and Weight Loss Surgery


The benefits of weight loss are measured in more ways than just waist size. A healthy weight also improves overall health and quality of life. If you’re overweight, you increase your risk for many health conditions. Getting down to a healthy weight can stave off those dangerous health conditions and put you back where you belong.  It’s never too late to make a healthy change — just think how you could be living. If being overweight ever becomes a part of your life that you can’t seem to conquer, we can help you make a change. Patients who choose bariatric surgery to help them lose weight can achieve long-lasting weight loss. Here you’ll find important facts about obesity and bariatric surgery.

Facts about obesity

  • Approximately 15 million Americans have life-threatening obesity
  • Life-threatening obesity is defined as 100 pounds above ideal body weight or a BMI (body mass index) greater than 40
  • America is the heaviest nation in the world
  • 25 percent of U.S. children are overweight
  • Patients with life-threatening obesity die an average of 12-15 years earlier than people of normal weight

Patients with life-threatening obesity suffer from multiple medical conditions that affect nearly every organ system in their body, including:

  • Type II diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Elevated cholesterol
  • Arthritis
  • Depression
  • Cardiac disease

Facts about weight loss surgery

  • Bariatric surgery is the cure for life-threatening obesity
  • Patients choose bariatric surgery to live longer, healthier lives
  • Bariatric surgery is a tool to help patients lose weight
  • Bariatric patients succeed when they are a part of a comprehensive program that provides lifelong follow-up, dietician support, support groups, and exercise specialist services
  • Bariatric surgery requires a major, lifelong commitment to changing diet and behavior
  • The risks of bariatric surgery are far less than the risk of living with life-threatening obesity
  • Diet and exercise alone have shown long-term effectiveness in only 5 percent of patients
  • Bariatric surgery provides long-lasting weight loss
  • Successful weight loss from bariatric surgery can eliminate other medical conditions in patients
  • This successful weight loss translates into lower healthcare costs, more productive workers, and patients who "have been reborn"

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