Obesity Reality Often Ignored By Those Most At Risk

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A recent university-based study shows that only 15 percent of people who meet obesity criteria recognize themselves as such. A failure to recognize clinical obesity can exacerbate complications resulting from excess weight, including high blood pressure, heart disease and type II diabetes.

A recent university-based study shows that only 15 percent of people who meet obesity criteria recognize themselves as such. A failure to recognize clinical obesity can exacerbate complications resulting from excess weight, including high blood pressure, heart disease and type II diabetes.

Confusion about obesity may be the result of conflicting information about the disease. Many people meet obesity criteria based on a body mass index (BMI) calculation. This tool, a calculation based on a person’s weight and height, can be a good indicator of a person’s body fat percentage. However, some individuals, such as athletes, may have a higher BMI based on muscle mass and not body fat. It’s important to discuss the results of any BMI calculations or concerns about obesity with a physician to accurately determine the risk for weight-related health problems.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 64 percent of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Divided gastric bypass surgery is widely accepted as the most effective surgical weight-loss treatment available. In California alone, bariatric surgical procedures increased 40 percent between 2002 and 2003.

Considered the gold standard to alleviate severe obesity, the Roux-en-Y divided gastric bypass can be performed as an open or laparoscopic procedure. With either style, the stomach is divided into two sections. One of the two sections is a new, smaller pouch that will act as the new stomach. The new stomach has the capacity of roughly two ounces, as opposed to its former size of about two quarts. This drastic reduction limits the stomach’s ability to hold food, resulting in a feeling of fullness after eating only a small amount.

Surgeons at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com) have performed almost 10,000 procedures on adult and adolescent patients at Scripps Mercy Hospital. As a result of outstanding aftercare programs and support groups, patients at Pacific Bariatric and Scripps Mercy see a slightly higher success rate than the national average

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group 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 more than 115 years, offering patients an unparalleled continuum of care. For more information, visit http://www.pbsmg.com.

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/mercy.

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