Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have a negative effect on health.
Obesity Causes, Complications, and Treatment
Learning obesity facts is an important step on your weight loss journey. Obesity is one of the most serious issues a person could possibly face for a variety of reasons. The social, psychological, and economic effects of obesity are real and can be devastating. Moreover, obesity increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and early death. Weight Loss Surgery procedures at our Dallas Fort Worth and southern Oklahoma-area obesity treatment facility can help you change your life for the better.
Causes of Obesity
The causes of obesity are varied and complex. Studies show that once the problem is established, diet and exercise have a limited ability to provide effective long-term relief. The scientific community continues to search for answers. But until the disease is better understood, the control of excess weight is something patients must work at for their entire lives. That is why it is very important to understand that bariatric procedures such as Orbera™ Intragastric Balloon, LAP-BAND® System, Gastric Sleeve, or Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass should not be considered cures; rather, they are attempts to reduce the effects of excessive weight and alleviate the serious physical, emotional, and social consequences of the disease.
Complications of Obesity
Morbid obesity brings with it an increased risk for a shorter life expectancy. For individuals whose weight exceeds twice their ideal body weight the risk of early death is twice that of non-obese individuals. Bariatric Surgeons such as: Dr. Scott Stowers, Dr. Arsalla, and Dr. Heath Smith with My Bariatric Solutions agree that bariatric surgery can decrease a patient’s risk of diabetes or heart attack significantly. Yet, an early death is not the only potential consequence; obesity can cause painful, debilitating, and dangerous complications.
If you are seriously overweight and experiencing any of the following complications, contact us to talk about your options for obesity treatment:
- Type 2 Diabetes
- High blood pressure/heart disease
- Osteoarthritis of weight-bearing joints
- Sleep apnea/respiratory problems
- Gastroesophageal reflux/heartburn
- Urinary Stress Incontinence
- Menstrual Irregularities
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