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About Morbid Obesity

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Obesity is a growing health problem in the United States and worldwide. Severe Obesity undermines every organ of the body and limits one's ability to work, care for family, and even socialize. Obesity elevates the risk of Diabetes; Heart Disease; Stroke; Hypertension; Sleep Apnea; Osteoarthritis; Liver and Gallbladder Disease; and certain cancers. Weight-loss and bariatric surgery is an effective and long lasting treatment for morbid obesity. Many of the medical comorbidities can be reversed or prevented through weight loss surgery.

Morbid obesity is a chronic, life threatening, multifactorial disease with symptoms that build slowly over an extended period of time. The underlying causes of morbid obesity are not entirely understood. Many factors contribute to the development of morbid obesity, including certain biological markers, metabolic and behavioral eating disorders, and environmental influences.

Morbid obesity affects the function and performance of multiple body systems leading to serious health illnesses, lower quality of life, fewer economic and social opportunities, and a shorter life span.

Many health conditions are related to morbid obesity, but some of the more common are:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Heart Disease
  • High cholesterol (lipids)
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Female reproductive disorders
  • Stress urinary incontinence
  • Depression

Other health conditions related to morbid obesity include:

  • NASH or non-alcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Obesity hyperventilation syndrome
  • DVT/Pulmonary embolism
  • Pseudotumor cerebri
  • Certain cancers

Patient Stories

  • Weight Loss Surgery Success - Chuck Carroll

    At my heaviest, I weighed 420 pounds with a 66-inch waist and wore a size 6XL shirt. Walking up a single flight of stairs took every ounce of energy I had while walking across the street felt as though I had run a marathon. I couldn’t even fit in a regular chair. Flash forward nearly 10 years and I am 275 pounds lighter! I proudly shop off the rack for 32-inch waist pants and small shirts. And I don’t just walk up the stairs now, ...

  • Tiffany’s Bariatric Surgery Story

    Making the decision to have Gastric Bypass Surgery in 2016 was one of the toughest, but best decisions I have made in my life. At my heaviest I was 340+ pounds and I felt defeated, ashamed, lonely, and depressed. Anytime I would walk past a mirror I would just want to cry and hide. Now almost two years later I feel better than I have ever felt in my entire life. I can climb a flight (or four) of stairs without feeling like I’ll ...

  • A Patient's Story

    Battling high blood pressure and immobility, Arlene knew she had to lose weight. With more than 40 years of combined experience, she turned to our surgical weight loss providers for gastric bypass to jump start her journey to improved health. Listen to her story.