Obesity Rates Continue to Rise

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A recent study has reported that obesity rates around the world are on the rise. Data indicates that, on average, between .5 and 1 percent of adults are overweight, for a total of almost one billion people around the world.

A recent study has reported that obesity rates around the world are on the rise. Data indicates that, on average, between .5 and 1 percent of adults are overweight, for a total of almost one billion people around the world.

The cause of obesity varies greatly from person to person. Some people inherit a propensity for weight gain, while others are susceptible to environmental factors. Genetics, a sedentary lifestyle and poor nutrition are the most commonly accepted reasons for significant weight gain, and doctors stress that safe and fast weight loss is the only way to reverse the damaging effects that obesity has on the human body.

“Obesity can leave affected individuals highly susceptible to many serious illnesses, including heart disease and stroke,” said Laurence Tanaka, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgeon at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com) and Scripps Mercy Hospital. “Our goal is to get our patients as healthy as we can, as safely and quickly as we can.”

For severely overweight people, the most effective method to lose weight may be bariatric or gastric bypass surgery. 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. While bariatric surgery may set the stage for significant weight loss, it’s important to know that even surgical weight loss requires long-term lifestyle modification.

In addition to drastically reducing the size of an individual’s stomach, the surgery is also the first step in a series of lifestyle changes. Simply reducing one’s stomach size is not enough; patients must adopt a new diet, by eating lower-fat and high-protein foods to ensure proper nutrition since the amount of food they consume will be reduced. In addition, exercise will greatly improve the health and increase weight loss after surgery. Support groups, such as those offered as a part of aftercare by Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, are an excellent way to adjust to a new lifestyle in the company of like-minded patients.

Surgeons at Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group, Inc. have performed over 9,000 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 Hospital see a slightly higher success rate than the national average.

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. 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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