Changing your life, and your lifestyle, is a big decision. Weight loss surgery should only be considered as a last option and only if your BMI>50.
Some questions to ask yourself when considering weight loss surgery:
- Have I exhausted non-surgical measures?
- Am I well informed about the available surgical procedures and the effects of treatment?
- Am I determined to lose weight and improve my health?
- Can I maintain a lifelong commitment to medical follow-up and vitamin/mineral supplementation?
Obesity means accumulation of excess fat on the body. It has many serious long-term consequences for your health, and it is the second leading cause of preventable deaths in the United States (tobacco is the first). Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 30. The BMI is a measure of your weight relative to your height.
Obesity is an epidemic in the United States and in other developed countries. More than half of Americans are overweight—including at least 1 in 5 children. Nearly one third are obese. Obesity is on the rise in our society because food is abundant and physical activity is optional.