Weight Loss Surgery Can Cure Obesity
Weight loss surgery can treat and even cure medical problems like type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, sleep apnea, joint pain and certain cancers. These medical problems are mainly related to and caused by obesity.
Obesity is no longer considered a cosmetic issue that is caused by overeating and a lack of self-control. The World Health Organization now recognizes obesity as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors.
Am I a candidate?
Bariatric surgery is not for the casual dieter and there are several requirements that you will need to meet in order to be considered. Let us guide you through this process in a simple fashion. First, we need to know your height and weight. This will allow us to Calculate your Body Mass Index. BMI is an indicator used globally to indicate a healthy weight. Learn more about Body Mass Index
Obesity is common, serious and costly
• More than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity.
• Related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
• The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who have the disease were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.
The body mass index (BMI) is a measure used to define overweight and obesity and is considered a more accurate estimate of body fatness than IBW. Large population studies find that the BMI generally reflects the amount of excessive body fat an adult has, although there are certain exceptions, such as the BMI of a woman who is pregnant, an athlete, a body builder or the elderly. BMI does not necessarily take into account a persons distribution of fat (abdominal vs. peripheral), however, and is not a good measurement of the metabolic activity of a person’s fat tissue.
BMI takes into consideration an individual’s height and weight can be determined by using a BMI chart or can be calculated according to one of the following formulas:
(1) Weight in kilograms divided by Height in meters squared (BMI = kg/m2)
(2) Weight in pounds divided by Height in inches squared and this value multiplied by 705 (BMI= [(lbs/in2) x 705])
Body size categories using BMI have been based upon the ranges of BMI associated with a certain risk for mortality1-2. The categories and respective BMI categories are:
Normal Size - 18.9 to 24.9
Overweight - 25 to 29.9
Class I, Obesity - 30 to 34.9
Class II, Serious Obesity - 35 to 39.9
Class III, Severe Obesity - 40 and greater