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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
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