What is obesity?
Obesity is a complex disease in
which having too much body fat puts you at risk for health problems. Obesity is
measured by body mass index (BMI). A BMI of 30 or more is considered
What are the risks of obesity?
increases your risk for many health problems, including heart disease,
high blood pressure,
type 2 diabetes, and joint problems. Losing even 5% to
10% of your body weight may help reduce your risk. This would mean, for
example, losing 25lb
if you weigh 250lb.1 Weight loss reduces blood pressure and
cholesterol levels and helps reduce blood sugar levels in people who have
type 2 diabetes.2
How is the surgery done?
Surgery for obesity can
be done by making a large incision in the abdomen (an open procedure) or by
making several small incisions and using small instruments and a camera to
guide the surgery (laparoscopic method). Laparoscopic
surgery for obesity reduces recovery time and postsurgery
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