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Weight Loss Surgery Update

Obesity in the United States in general has been increasing over the past 20 years: more than one-third of adults and 17 percent of youth are obese. A recent study put out by Excellus, based on data from the New York State Department of Health, gives a more regional perspective. The study concluded that 27.5 percent of the people living in upstate New York are obese.

How is obesity defined?

Obesity is defined as having an abnormally high proportion of body fat. This is determined by a measurement called the body mass index or BMI, which calculates weight adjusted for the height of an individual. A BMI of 30 or greater indicates obesity. Clinically severe obesity is indicated with a BMI of 40. You can quickly measure your own BMI simply by going on line.

Why is obesity such a significant health issue?

Obesity is a problem because it increases a person’s risk for worsening health problems. The greater the obesity, the greater the risk is for developing problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, heart disease, sleep apnea, debilitating joint problems, and even some types of cancers.

Who should consider bariatric or weight loss surgery? 

Bariatric surgery is considered a treatment option for people with a body mass index (BMI) of greater than 40, who are between 18 and 65 years old. However, if your BMI is equal to or greater than 35 and you have associated obesity-related illnesses such as diabetes and the others already mentioned, you may also be a candidate for this surgery.


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