Obesity Treatment: Why It Should Be More Accessible
In our last blog post titled, “WFAA News 8 Speaks With Dr. Kim Regarding Bariatric Surgery for 12-year-old Girl,” our bariatric surgeon, Dr. David D. Kim, discussed some of the important concerns of Alexis Shapiro’s weight loss surgery. As Alexis’ story has received national attention, we feel this is also a great opportunity to address the need for better accessibility to surgical obesity treatment in America.
“The World Health Organization said last year that obesity is a greater world wide problem than starvation,” says Dr. Kim. “One in three Americans are obese or morbidly obese. It is estimated approaching 10 percent of our population has type 2 diabetes, the type most associated with weight problems. So, with that said, how is it possible that one third of the U.S. population lacks weight loss surgery benefits? Is that a form of discrimination? I’ll go on the record and say, ‘Yes, it is discriminatory practice.’”
Honestly, at the end of the day, everyone deserves healthcare, notes Dr. Kim. Is the patient who has been suffering with life long weight problems less deserving of weight loss surgery that could save and improve his/her life? How about a selfless mother or father who has put themselves last while raising their family? Regardless of cause, a morbidly obese person will lose 10 to 20 years off of their life, he says.
Here at Kim Bariatric Institute, one third of all our patients are diabetic, but this is something that can be effectively addressed with surgery. Procedures such as gastric bypass and gastric sleeve resection can cure type 2 diabetes 95 and 75 percent of the time (respectively). Alexis, who underwent gastric sleeve resection in late March, is expected to lose 40 pounds in her first year. So far, she has succeeded in losing 12 pounds. “I have always said that these weight loss operations are really tools for the patients to use,” says Dr. Kim. “I really hope this little girl does well after her surgery, and I can only hope all obese persons, regardless of cause, can also receive non-discriminatory treatment.”
To learn more about whether weight loss surgery may be the right option for you, or to schedule a consultation with one of our surgeons, please contact Kim Bariatric Institute today.