Overweight problems have reached epidemic proportions in the USA, with an estimated sixty percent of the adult population thought to be obese. In addition to the excess weight appear a variety of associated health concerns that lower the life-span of individuals who are chronically overweight. Current forecasts suggest more than $200 billion is going to be put in this coming year alone to treat obesity-related health issues.

The good news is that significant shedding weight will improve and, sometimes cure, obesity-related health problems which include diabetes, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, hypercholesterolemia and even musculoskeletal soreness. But research indicates that surgical treatment is the fundamental proven long-term weight-loss maintenance intervention for patients who become morbidly obese.

The National Institutes of Health Consensus Statement on Surgery for Obesity recommends that folks having a body mass index (BMI) more than 40 or thirty-five for people with obesity-related health conditions (approximately one hundred lbs overweight) contemplate surgical intervention.

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