Weight Gain Causes Vary, But Weight Loss Still Essential

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Recent studies indicate that several environmental factors may increase a person’s risk for weight gain, and possibly even result in obesity. Sleep deprivation, certain medications and quitting smoking are some of the factors cited in recent reports.

Recent studies indicate that several environmental factors may increase a person’s risk for weight gain, and possibly even result in obesity. Sleep deprivation, certain medications and quitting smoking are some of the factors cited in recent reports.

A genetic susceptibility and poor nutrition are the most commonly accepted reasons for significant weight gain, but whatever the reason, doctors stress that safe and fast weight loss is the only way to reverse the damaging effects that obesity has on the human body.

“People gain weight for a variety of reasons,” said Laurence Tanaka, M.D., F.A.C.S., at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com) and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. “That does not, however, lessen the risk factors for diabetes or heart disease. Too much weight causes significant stress on the human body, and losing it is the only way to reverse the dangerous side effects.”

A healthy diet and exercise are an essential part of any successful weight loss regimen. Even with gastric bypass surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, the addition of proper nutrition and exercise are part of a healthy aftercare program, as well as support groups designed to help individuals adopt a healthier lifestyle.

At Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. and Scripps Mercy Hospital, thousands of patients have successfully regained their health, life and sense of self. Laparoscopic bariatric surgery, one of the surgical options available, offers a shorter recovery time with faster healing, less scarring and less pain. A healthy diet, support groups and a customized exercise plan help lead patients on the path to losing weight and staying healthy for life.

Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. 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.

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