Obesity Is One of the Greatest Health Threats in America Today
Being more than 80 to 100 pounds overweight puts you at greater risk for diseases and conditions that can lead to severe disability, and even death.
Morbidly obese individuals are classified as those who weigh twice what is considered the healthy body weight for their height. For those individuals, the chances of becoming disabled or dying from a Heart Attack or Diabetes are also dramatically increased. Morbid obesity also leads to or exacerbates a number of problems that can have a devastating impact. These include:
High Blood Pressure
Menstrual Cycle Disruption/Infertility
Degenerative Joint Disease
Chronic Back Pain
Hypertriglyceridemia (High Triglycerides)
NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) or Hepatitis Due to a Fatty Liver
Morbid obesity not only damages the body, but also can damage the spirit. Associated psychological conditions can include:
- Social anxiety
- Low self-esteem
- Chronic stress
- Mood irregularities
- Binge eating
Many negative consequences of obesity can affect emotional well being. Many morbidly obese people can feel ostracized or misunderstood by various members of society, leading to depression and feelings of rejection. Discrimination may take many forms including employment issues, service issues at resturants or other social venues, etc. It’s important for individuals to understand that obesity is a disease and that there is hope in fighting it.
Combating the Disease
Barnes Bariatric offers effective, safe surgical solutions to help you lose large amounts of weight and keep it off. Procedures such as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery can start you on the road to better health and help you develop a more positive outlook on life. Our surgical programs are comprehensive, meaning we will help you make the dietary and behavioral transition necessary after surgery and will monitor your progress to make sure you are receiving the maximum benefit. The Barnes Bariatric team will be at your side throughout this exciting journey.