What is "Severe Obesity?"

Severe Obesity is Also Called "Morbid Obesity"
Severe obesity is often defined as being 100 pounds or more overweight. A better way to determine obesity is by calculating your Body Mass Index, or BMI. This index combines your weight and height into a single number. The easiest way to calculate your BMI is with the BMI Calculator on this website! This will help you determine whether or not you are a candidate for weight loss surgery

Is Severe Obesity a Cosmetic Problem?
Severe obesity is a disease, not cosmetic problem. If you are 100 pounds or more overweight, you are at increased risk for many health problems including diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and even certain types of cancer. By losing this excess weight, you can lower your risks to that of a normal-weight person.

Obesity: It's Not Just a Disease, it's an Epidemic!
A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) identified obesity as the cause of 400,000 deaths per year in the United States. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has recommended surgical treatment of obesity for severely overweight individuals who have not been successful with dieting and exercise alone.




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