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What Is Morbid Obesity?

Morbid obesity is a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or more, which is roughly equal to 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight.  The disease of morbid obesity interferes with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking.  Long-term effects of the disease include a shorter life expectancy, serious health consequences in the form of weight-related health problems (co-morbid conditions) such as Type 2 Diabetes, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, High Blood Pressure, Osteoarthritis, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, Infertility, and a lower quality of life.

What Causes Morbid Obesity?

The causes of morbid obesity are multiple and complex.  Despite conventional wisdom, it is not simply a result of overeating.  Research has shown that, in many cases, significant, underlying causes of morbid obesity are genetic, environmental, and social.  Studies have demonstrated that, once the problem is established, efforts such as dieting and exercise programs have limited ability to provide effective long-term relief.

If you are morbidly obese, you should remember three important points:

  • Morbid obesity is not a sign of weakness, laziness or gluttony. It is a serious medical condition with serious medical consequences. Current research suggests that many factors work together to influence your weight. These include your family history, eating habits as a child and adult, hormones and psychological factors.
  • You are not alone. Approximately 66 percent of Americans are considered overweight and about 32 percent are considered obese according to the Centers for Disease Control.
  • There is hope. Resources are available to help you avoid the medical consequences of morbid obesity.

Weight loss surgery may resolve or improve some of the serious complications of morbid obesity, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint pain and high cholesterol.

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This surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities.

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