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Understanding Obesity

Obesity is a complicated health issue that results from a combination of multiple factors, including genetics, environment, cultural beliefs and traditions, and psychological causes.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity affected 93.3 million U.S. adults in 2015 – 2016. Obese individuals are also at risk for many other serious diseases and health conditions, including but not limited to:
  • High Blood Pressure
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Clinical Depression and Anxiety

While an individual’s diet is a piece of the puzzle, many times prolonged weight loss is rarely reached, if ever, by diet alone.

Click here to find out more about Body Mass Index (BMI) and to find out if you are a candidate for bariatric surgery.


Weight loss surgery is generally designed for those with a body mass index (BMI) equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding with the Lap Band® is also FDA-approved for weight loss surgery in people with a BMI of 30 to 35 who have at least one obesity-related condition. Weight loss surgery is considered safe, but like many types of surgery, it does have risks. Consult with your physician about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.

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