Obesity in America

Published November 2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the disease of obesity affects about 78 million Americans and the ASMBS estimates about 24 million have severe or morbid obesity.

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Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity: Twin Epidemics

Published November 2013

Type 2 diabetes accounts for 95% of the 25.8 million diabetes cases in the U.S 1

Obesity is a major independent risk factor for developing the disease, and more than 90% of type 2 diabetics are overweight or obese 2

Modest weight loss, as little as 5% of total body weight, can help to improve type 2 diabetes in patients who are overweight or obese 3

Metabolic and bariatric surgery may result in resolution or…

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Bariatric Surgery Guidelines and Recommendations

Published June 2012

Scientific Statement from American Heart Association (AHA) March 2011: “Bariatric surgery can result in long-term weight loss and significant reductions in cardiac and other risk factors for some severely obese adults.” First statement by the American Heart Association focused solely on bariatric surgery and cardiac risk factors.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) July 2011: AACE Task Force on Obesity “Declared that there is significant clinical evidence to declare obesity as a disease state…Surgical…

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Adolescent Obesity

Published May 2011

Obesity is a serious health condition; as of 2007, 32% of children aged 10-17 in the U.S. are overweight and 16% are obese 1 , childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years 2

Without intervention, extremely obese children may continue to suffer from obesity as adults; 3 Overweight adolescents have a 70% chance of becoming overweight or obese adults and an 80% chance if a parent is overweight or obese 4

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Access to Care Fact Sheet

Published May 2011

Insurers recover their costs for bariatric surgery in two to four years, depending on the type of surgery performed 6

Cost-effectiveness ratios ranged from $5,000 to $16,100 per quality-adjusted life year(QALY) for women and from $10,000 to $35,600 per QALY for men, depending on age and initial body mass index 20

About 25% of patients considering bariatric surgery are denied insurance coverage three times before getting approval

About 60% report their health worsened during this…

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