Obesity is emerging as a health epidemic around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is rapidly spreading across all regions and demographic groups. Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death following smoking.
Obesity: A Disease
Obesity is a serious, chronic disease and not a simple condition. Obesity is defined as an excessively high amount of body fat in relation to lean body mass. Obesity is an excess of total body fat, which results from caloric intake that exceeds energy usage.
A measurement used to assess health risks of obesity is Body Mass Index (BMI).
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- Definition of Obesity
- Body Mass Index (BMI)
- Treatments Available
- Weight Loss Surgery
- Scientific Evidence for Obesity
REFERENCE; Meta-analysis. JAMA 2004;292:1724
- reduces overall and cause-specific mortality
- reduces obesity-related comorbidities
- reduces medication costs
- reduces sick days
- improves QOL.
- benefits strongest in BMI>40
- 61% mean overall EWL
- greatest weight loss with LRYGB
- overall mortality < 1%
- morbidity approx. 20%
- Diabetes -77% resolved, 86% improved
- Hypertension - 62% resolved, 79% improved
- Hyperlipidemia - >70% improved
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea - 86% resolved, 84% improved
- Gastroesophageal reflux improved
- Urinary stress incontinence decreased by 47%