Healthy Eating and Exercise Still Difficult for Many Americans

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A recent study indicates that a large proportion of Americans are still confused about what it means to have a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) roughly two-thirds of Americans are over weight, and nearly one-third are obese.

A recent study indicates that a large proportion of Americans are still confused about what it means to have a healthy diet and regular exercise routine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) roughly two-thirds of Americans are over weight, and nearly one-third are obese.

The most recent research indicates that good health comes from a combination of a balanced diet, regular exercise, losing weight and avoiding risk factors such as smoking. Doctors have long-known that genetics and the elimination or management of risk factors, such as excess weight and smoking, significantly improve an individual's health.

Weight loss may be more elusive to some than others. 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 nonsurgical 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.

"There is no quick fix for obesity. It is a medical condition that requires the treatment and supervision of a physician," said Laurence Tanaka, M.D., F.A.C.S., surgeon at Scripps Mercy Hospital and Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group (http://www.pbsmg.com). "Gastric bypass surgery is a viable option for many obese individuals who are committed to a lifestyle change for the improvement of their health."

At Pacific Bariatric Surgical Medical Group and Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego, 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 get 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. 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 hospital. 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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