A safe surgical approach to losing and managing weight
Weight loss can be a long, difficult and stressful journey. If you are obese and have related health problems, then you don’t have time to lose. Excess weight can complicate potentially life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea. It can also aggravate chronic conditions like arthritis, or certain endocrine disorders. If you are obese and have one of these or another serious health problem, then you may need a faster approach to weight loss than diet or exercise alone.
Even if you don’t have a serious health problem, you can still benefit from losing weight. Studies even suggest bariatric surgery can help you live a longer life. Weight loss can regulate your periods (if you’re female), improve your sexual function, increase your energy, boost your self-esteem and lower your risk for different diseases.
What is obesity?
Simply put, obesity is when your body composition consists of too much fat. To determine your weight status, a calculation called body mass index (BMI,) is commonly used. BMI is an estimate of body fat using your height and weight. Knowing your BMI can help you understand your overall health and if you are at a healthy weight for your height.
|18.5 – 24.9
|25.0 – 29.9
|30.0 and above
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese. Obesity can cause a lot of damage to your body. If you have severe obesity, then you are more likely to have other diseases, such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and more. Combined with obesity, these diseases may lower the quality of your health and life.