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Obesity in America

Published July 2021

CDC estimates 42.4% of U.S. adults had obesity and 9.2% had severe obesity in 2017, the highest incidence ever recorded in America (latest report).

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Type 2 Diabetes and Metabolic Surgery

Published October 2018

Diabetes affects 9.4% of the total U.S. population (30.3 million people). » 23.1 million people have been diagnosed. » 7.2 million people are unaware they suffer from the disease. » Once exclusively regarded as a weight-loss procedure for patients with severe obesity, mounting evidence over more than 20 years supports metabolic surgery as an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes resulting in improvement or remission in most cases. » Obesity – medically defined as a…

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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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