San Diego Weight Loss Options Still Growing

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While some people are able to maintain or lose weight easily, others have a much more difficult time based on genetic factors or health problems resulting from obesity. According to the CDC, 64 percent of adults aged 20 years or older are overweight or obese.

A national magazine recently cited San Diego as one of America’s 25 fittest cities. The results were based on information from sources such as the United States Census Bureau, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. The 25 fittest cities were assessed in 14 equally weighted categories using data specific to each city. San Diego was ranked as the 9th fittest city in the United States.

While some people are able to maintain or lose weight easily, others have a much more difficult time based on genetic factors or health problems resulting from obesity. According to the CDC, 64 percent of adults aged 20 years or older are overweight or obese. As with any serious disease, curing it requires medical attention. In these cases, surgical treatment offers possibly the only effective long-term method of weight control. In fact, according to scientifically published reports, in 95 percent of cases, significant weight lost through non-surgical programs is regained within three to five years.

“It’s important to remember that this surgery is merely a tool to assist patients in achieving your weight loss goals,” said Eugene Rumsey, Jr., M.D., surgeon at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group and Scripps Mercy Hospital. “We will do everything we can to help, but the patient’s long-term commitment will dictate how successful the process is.”

At Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com) and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, treatment doesn’t stop with the surgery. Staff are committed to helping each patient reach their weight loss and health goals via counseling throughout the process, including psychiatric and physical evaluations before the surgery, close attention from surgeons and annual follow-ups. Patients also are encouraged to participate in the Back On Track Program, which is designed to help former patients maintain their recovery goals.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com) and Scripps Mercy Hospital are nationally designated by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery as a Center of Excellence for bariatric surgery. Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, also known as Hillcrest Surgical Medical Group, Inc., has an 80-year tradition of surgical excellence and leadership in San Diego County. Scripps Mercy Hospital has been a health care leader in San Diego County for 115 years, offering patients an unparalleled continuum of care.

Established in 1890 by the Sisters of Mercy, Scripps Mercy Hospital serves the San Diego and Chula Vista communities. With 700 licensed beds, more than 3,000 employees and 1,300 physicians, Scripps Mercy Hospital is San Diego’s longest established and only Catholic medical center. With two campuses, Scripps Mercy Hospital is the largest hospital in San Diego County and one of the 10 largest in California. For more information, visit http://www.scripps.org.

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Kristin Reinhardt