As the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, obesity is clearly one of the most important health challenges of the 21st century.
Hypertension, diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease are just a few of the many illnesses that have been associated with obesity, and during the last 20 years, trends in America have become truly alarming. According to the American Obesity Association, over 30% of Americans ages 20 and older are obese, as are 15% of children and adolescents.
Those who have been affected by this disease know it impacts more than just health. Overweight or obese individuals experience stigmatization and discrimination in employment, academic and social situations which compromise their quality of life.
Because obesity is such a complex, multi-factorial chronic disease involving social, cultural, genetic, physiologic, metabolic, behavioral and psychological components, it is important to choose physicians who are just as qualified to treat lifestyle issues as they are to perform complex procedures.
You'll find our sensitive and caring staff hosts seminars on the first Tuesday of each month to inform potential patients about the benefits of gastric bypass and adjustable gastric band surgeries, which have proven to result in a 50% success rate with weight loss. In addition, we host support groups to educate, guide and encourage post-operative patients in maintaining healthy lifestyles.