Learn how obesity surgery can help reclaim your life
Hear stories from bariatric surgery patients about their weight loss journey and battle in overcoming obesity.
Obesity is no longer considered a cosmetic issue that is caused by overeating and a lack of self-control. The World Health Organization (W.H.O.), along with National and International medical and scientific societies, now recognize obesity as a chronic progressive disease resulting from multiple environmental and genetic factors.
The disease of obesity is extremely costly not only in terms of economics, but also in terms of individual and societal health, longevity, and psychological well-being. Due to its…
BMI (Body Mass Index) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight. Use our online calculate to find out your BMI.
Obesity can cause a lot of damage to your body. People with severe obesity are more likely to have other diseases.
These tools are designed to assist those considering bariatric surgery.
Working with your insurance provider for coverage of bariatric surgery can often be a difficult task. Your insurance policy may or may not cover bariatric surgery and such coverage varies widely depending on your location and employer.
Most bariatric practices have a dedicated staff to help you navigate your insurance policy; however, in the event they do not, there are resources available. The Obesity Action…
Medical tourism is the practice of traveling across international borders to access healthcare systems or physician services that are not available or less attractive in a person’s native country. Although medical tourism is not a new concept, high health care cost, long wait times, availability of relatively inexpensive worldwide travel, and increasing number of countries catering to medical tourism have led to an increase in this practice throughout the last decade. Today, facilities catering to…
Type 2 Diabetes is commonly caused by Obesity. Obesity Surgery has the potential to treat and even cure Type 2 Diabetes.
Qualifications for bariatric surgery in most areas include:
» BMI ≥ 40, or more than 100 pounds overweight. » BMI ≥ 35 and at least one or more obesity-related co-morbidities such as type II diabetes (T2DM), hypertension, sleep apnea and other respiratory disorders, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, osteoarthritis, lipid abnormalities, gastrointestinal disorders, or heart disease. » Inability to achieve a healthy weight loss sustained for a period of time with prior weight loss efforts.
Obesity is a disease that can be difficult to treat and is related to many other medical problems. Treatment for obesity goes beyond a quick diet or surgery. Patients should expect to have a new lifestyle that combines healthy eating, exercise, and regular visits to healthcare providers. This approach will offer the best chance for success to prevent weight regain and return of medical problems.
Updated February 2022 | Written by the ASMBS Public Education Committee and the ASMBS Pediatric Committee
The problem of obesity
Obesity is the most common chronic disease in childhood. It is a complex disease with few successful treatment options. A combination of genetic and environmental factors contribute to childhood obesity. Associated health problems are common and include type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, sleep apnea, poor quality…