Learn about Your Condition and Treatment
Find out how to determine your Body Mass Index, what range qualifies as obesity and morbid obesity, and then learn about the options for treating obesity.
Obesity is the accumulation of excessive fat that exceeds the body’s physical standards. Obesity occurs when calories consumed exceed calories used. Obesity is defined as having a much higher amount of body fat than lean muscle mass. The Body Mass Index (BMI) for being overweight is 25 to 29.9, while the BMI for obesity is 30 or higher.
Today, 34 percent of Americans over age 20 are considered to be obese, with a BMI equal to or greater than 30 and 25 percent of adults in New York are obese, as are 21.4 percent in Connecticut. An estimated 6 percent of Americans over 20 are considered morbidly obese, raising the risk and probability of one or more obesity-related health conditions that can result in either physical limitations or death.
‘Morbid obesity’ is a severe form of obesity that excess weight has such an adverse affect on health it may shorten life. Being 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight, or having a BMI of 40 or higher, are indicators of morbid obesity.
Health conditions often related to obesity may include:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Arthritis of weight-bearing joints
- Sleep apnea or other respiratory problems
- Menstrual irregularities
- Endometrial cancer
- Urinary stress incontinence
Breast and colon cancer
Obesity is a complex, multifaceted disease that, despite common misperceptions, is not simply the result of overeating. In many cases, a significant cause of obesity is found to be genetic.
It is important to understand that all current medical interventions to weight-related health—including laparoscopic bariatric surgery—should not be considered medical “cures.” Instead, weight loss surgery like gastric bypass, lap band and sleeve gastrectomy, are tools that attempt to reduce the effects of excessive weight, and the serious physical, emotional and social consequences of morbid obesity.
There are a variety of bariatric surgery procedures to discuss with your doctor. The NWH Surgical Weight Loss Program is one of only a few programs offering expert bariatric surgeons in the New York area in all bariatric surgery techniques.
For questions about treating obesity and to find out if weight loss surgery is right for you, register to attend one of our free online or in-person seminars, or call us at 877.677.1077.