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The Facts About Obesity


Obesity is a term used to describe the condition of having excessive body fat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that over 93 million Americans, or almost 40% of the U.S. population, are affected by obesity1. The causes, outcomes, and effects of obesity are very complex. Diagnosis of obesity is typically based upon body mass index (BMI). The Weight Loss Clinic at DFW Bariatric Institute specializes in obesity treatment for patients in the Dallas, Texas area.

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What does your BMI mean?

BMI < 20 under weight
BMI 20-24.9 healthy weight
BMI 25-29.9 over weight
BMI 30-34.9 obesity
BMI 35-39.9 severe obesity
BMI 40-49.9 morbid obesity
BMI > 50 super morbid obesity

What Causes Obesity?

Obesity rarely has a singular cause, as there are a variety of factors that can contribute to obesity. Some elements that can lead to obesity include:

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Health Effects of Obesity

Obesity can increase the likelihood of developing many life-threatening diseases and conditions. The negative health conditions that often occur with, or are complicated by, obesity are called comorbidities. Obesity comorbidities include:2

Obesity Prevention Tips

Tips to Prevent or Manage Obesity

Understanding An Obesity Diagnosis

Many people struggle to lose weight, but for people seeking to lose 5 or 10 pounds that goal may be for aesthetic reasons. For people with obesity, losing weight can be critically important to maintain or restore health. If your height and weight is indicative of obesity, but you have not been diagnosed by a medical professional, you should schedule an appointment with your primary care physician so they can evaluate your overall health.

If you have been diagnosed with obesity, you may be wondering what steps to take. Remember that an obesity diagnosis does not indicate failure on your part. The science behind metabolism, nutrition, and weight gain is complex. The best thing you can do is to focus on your health and follow any advice that your doctor has given you. If you are unsuccessful at weight loss even while adhering to diet and exercise guidelines, then it may be time to see an obesity medicine specialist.

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Medical Treatments for Obesity

Obesity is prevalent enough in the United States that over 20 million people may be candidates for bariatric surgery. However, fewer than 1% of them undergo weight loss surgery.4 If patients had a better understanding of the myths and facts about weight loss treatment, then more of them may seek help. How do you know when it is time to consult a weight loss doctor for obesity treatment? If you are concerned about the health effects of obesity, a consultation with an experienced weight loss surgeon can help you understand your options. At DFW Bariatric Institute, we offer a range of weight loss treatments as part of our commitment to comprehensive, personalized care:

Non-Surgical Options

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty (ESG)

OBALON® Weight Loss System

ORBERA® Weight Loss Balloon

ReShape™ Weight Loss Balloon

Medical Weight Loss Program

Bariatric Surgery Options

Gastric Sleeve

Gastric Bypass

Weight Loss Revision Surgery

Duodenal Switch

REALIZE® and LAP-BAND® System Gastric Banding

Contact DFW Bariatric Institute for Obesity Treatment in the Dallas Area

If you are looking for a solution to obesity, the weight loss specialists at DFW Bariatric Institute may be able to help you find a path to weight loss success. Fill out our free insurance check form or contact us to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Frisco, Colleyville, or Rockwall, Texas.

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