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Overweight and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the US. People carrying too much weight are at a higher risk for many serious health risks and diseases, called comorbidities, including:

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Type II diabetes
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Reflux disease (GERD)
  • Joint disease

Obesity also can increase the risk of developing certain cancers, such as breast cancer, esophageal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer, and uterine cancer.

Bariatric surgery, or weight loss surgery, is the most effective way to treat obesity for the long term. It helps “reset” a person’s metabolic set-point – so he or she can eat and burn the calories needed to maintain a healthy weight and body. Patients diagnosed with obesity who choose weight loss surgery have:

  • 51% lower risk of death long term
  • 48% lower risk of heart and vascular disease
  • 59% lower risk of obesity-related cancers
  • 2x lower risk of vision loss, kidney damage or nerve damage
  • 1.5x lower risk of heart attack or stroke