Weight Loss: Treatments & Surgical Options


Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or greater. Obesity is a serious medical condition that can have a negative effect on your health.

Obesity rates have more than doubled since 1980, and nearly 500 million adults worldwide are considered obese.1 In the United States alone, obesity affects nearly 65 percent of adults and is the second leading cause of preventable death.2

Obesity often leads to other serious health problems such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, arthritis, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and diabetes—conditions that can cause early death or disabilities.2

The good news is even modest weight loss can reduce your risk for these diseases or outcomes.2

BMI Classification Health Risk
Under 18.5 Underweight Minimal
18.5-24.9 Normal Weight Minimal
25-29.9 Overweight Increased
30-34.9 Obese High
35-39.9 Obese (Class II) Very High
40 and over Morbidly Obese (Class III) Extremely High

Obesity Solutions

Obesity treatments often focus on weight loss as well as minimizing or eradicating some of the related health problems. Your doctor can help you decide which treatment or surgical option is best, based on your weight and overall health. Some of the options for weight loss may include dietary changes, exercise, lifestyle changes, medication or surgery.

Surgical Options for Obesity

Surgery for weight loss is known as bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery focuses on reducing the size of the stomach in order to reduce the body's ability to absorb and store calories. The most common bariatric procedures are Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB), gastric sleeve surgery and gastric banding



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