LEARN HOW OBESITY CAN AFFECT YOUR
HEALTH, AND SEE HOW BARIATRIC AND METABOLIC SURGERY CAN HELP
Know the facts about obesity and your health
Millions of people in America and around the world are obese and overweight1. Medical conditions associated with obesity (also known as comorbidities) include type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, gallstones, breathing problems, and certain cancers1,2.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery defines obesity as a disease in which fat has accumulated to the extent that health is impaired.36 It is commonly measured by body mass index (BMI), which calculates the relationship of weight to height. An adult with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. Obesity becomes severe obesity when an adult is 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight,37 has a BMI of 40 or more36,37 or has a BMI of 35 or more in combination with a health-related condition such as obstructive sleep apnea or a disease such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease.39
The Biology of Obesity & Metabolic Impact of Bariatric Surgery
Compared to patients who had bariatric surgery, those who pursued diet & lifestyle changes were only able to maintain 1% weight loss at the 20-year mark.4
Living with excess weight has been shown to put your health at risk.37 The risk increases sharply as your obesity becomes more severe.37 Serious health problems may also result when dieting leads to “weight cycling” (the repeated loss and regain of body weight).38 Bariatric and metabolic surgery has helped thousands of people discover life at a healthier weight and resolve many of the health risks associated with severe obesity.
It is critical to have a clear understand of what this life-changing treatment involves. That starts with getting reliable information.
Understanding how your body works will help you better understand how obesity affects you. See how bariatric and metabolic surgery can be your first step towards a healthier lifestyle. Read More
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