Morbid obesity, also referred to as clinically severe obesity, is a chronic disease that afflicts approximately 9 million adult Americans. For comparison purposes, that is over twice the size of the total population with Alzheimer’s disease. If the entire morbidly obese population lived in one state, it would be the 12th largest state by population.
The health effects associated with morbid obesity are numerous and can be disabling. Often, individuals with morbid obesity suffer with several health problems, called co-morbidities, which can shorten life span and negatively impact quality of life. These health problems have become one of the leading causes of death in the United States and can include:
- Type-2 diabetes
- Acid reflux
- Sleep apnea
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
Obesity has also been lined to various forms of cancer and there is a growing consensus that a significant portion of new cancer cases are related to overweight or obesity.
Understand that you are not alone, and we are here to help you overcome this disease and put you on the track of a healthy life. When diet and exercise fail, there is another option and we hope that you will contact us to discuss your options.
Benefits of Losing Weight
The benefits of healthy weight and eating control are numerous and obvious.
- Everyone feels better physically and emotionally when their weight is under control.
- High blood pressure, sleep apnea, reflux, diabetes, cholesterol problems and other health problems have been demonstrated to be improved and/or easier to control.
- Costs associated with medical intervention, healthcare costs and medication are vastly reduced.
- Activities that once weren’t possible, may be possible once again.
It is important to understand however that weight loss should be gradual, sustained, and accompanied by careful attention to proper nutrition during this period. That’s why PSB is dedicated to a comprehensive post surgical support program.