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The first assumption people make when deciding to lose weight is that all you need to do is eat less and move more. Simple, right? That’s what your family and friends tell you to do. That’s what a trainer will tell you to do.
We know all too well that this is not always the case for many individuals who are severely or morbidly obese. It takes more than a diet change and regular exercise. This isn’t to say it could not work, but the likelihood of losing enough excess weight, and keeping it off, is extremely low.
Individuals that are considered morbidly obese are those that have at least 100 lbs. or more of excess weight. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), estimates show that over 60% (78 million) of Americans are obese, and at least 12-15 % (24 million) are morbidly obese, and these numbers are only increasing.
Many individuals have spent countless days, weeks, months and even years trying diets, exercise programs, pills, and more to lose their excess weight.
What people don’t realize is that obese individuals have other difficulties that come with excess weight. Between joint pain and shortness of breath to more serious health issues such as sleep apnea and hypertension, it’s difficult to be physically active when you’re over 100 pounds overweight.
Obesity is complex. It’s not just about the food we eat or the lack of time we have to exercise. Mental health and genes play a significant role as well, which is why an eat less - move more approach isn’t always effective.
Studies have shown that morbidly obese individuals that diet alone have a less than one percent chance of successfully keeping half of their excess weight off. With weight loss surgery, we strive for at least 50% of excess weight to be kept off, and most patients, on average, see a 70% loss of their excess weight within their first year.
Weight loss surgery is a tool. It’s one component in a comprehensive program to successfully losing and keeping off excess weight. It allows individuals the opportunity to lose enough weight to be able to participate in more vigorous fitness routines and eliminate many medical conditions associated with excess weight.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) has great information about the benefits of weight loss surgery. Check it out at asmbs.org.
We know surgery isn’t the right answer for everyone. For those that are 100 lbs. or more overweight, it is an effective long-term solution and we’re here to help.