Problems Caused by Obesity

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.
Contact Us

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.

Health Problems

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:
  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Menstrual Cycle Disruption / Infertility
  • Incontinence
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Chronic Back Pain
  • Gallbladder Disease
  • Cancer
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri
  • Gout
  • Depression
  • Hypertriglyceridemia (High Triglycerides)
  • Fatty Liver
  • NASH (Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis) or Hepatitis Due to a Fatty Liver

Psychological Problems

Morbid obesity not only damages the body but also can damage the spirit.

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 restaurants 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.

Associated psychological conditions can include:
  • Depression
  • Social Anxiety
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Chronic Stress
  • Mood Irregularities
  • Binge Eating