The disease of obesity
There are 79 million Americans living with the disease of obesity today.1 The daily challenges you face are likely similar to those of others, however, the personal toll they take on your well-being are known only to you.
Only you know what meaningful weight loss could do to improve your health and quality of life. At Barker Bariatric Center, we want to help you back to living life to the fullest.
Obesity can be defined as living with excessive weight to the extent that it impairs your health. The disease of obesity is multi-factorial, including many personal variables, which may explain why it is hard to lose and maintain weight loss. 2
Health risks of obesity
Obesity affects more than the image you see in the mirror. It’s a chronic disease that typically becomes worse over time, further damaging your health. There are dozens of related diseases to obesity such as:
- Cardiac diseases
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sleep apnea
- Cancer (2)
Treatment for obesity is important
Without the significant weight loss that can be achieved through bariatric surgery, the health of patients may continue to deteriorate. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), “Metabolic and bariatric surgery is the most effective treatment for T2DM among individuals who are affected by obesity and may result in remission or improvement in nearly all cases.”3 Bariatric surgery has been shown to improve many of the diseases related to obesity such as sleep apnea, cardiac diseases, joint pain, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.1
- Diabetes is one of the top ten leading causes of U.S. deaths.
- Diabetics have health expenditures that are 2.3 times higher than non-diabetics.
- Approximately 90 percent of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), the most common form of diabetes, is attributable to excessive body fat.3
Obesity treatment options
Barker Bariatric Center offers 5 primary weight loss surgeries: duodenal switch, gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, gastric band, and revision. We’re ready to help you start your weight loss journey today.
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- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Adult Obesity Facts, 2016. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/adult.html
- NHLBI, Practical Guide: Identification, Evaluation and Treatment of Overweight and Obesity in Adults. Published October 2000. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/prctgd_c.pdf
- American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Surgery for Diabetes. Available at: https://asmbs.org/patients/surgery-for-diabetes