Weight Loss Surgery Statistics in US States with the Highest Obesity Rates Underline the Need for Greater Awareness of its Benefits, says Dr. Feiz & Associates

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The Los Angeles-based clinic comments on a recent article that the underutilization of bariatric procedures is costly in terms of premature death and poorer quality of life, as well as raw dollars and cents.

Obesity is a dramatically increasing problem across the US.

Across-the-board low awareness of the benefits of weight loss surgery is regularly costing lives, harming patient quality of life, and mandating millions of dollars in expenditures on preventable health conditions.

A November 16th article on WebMD reports on a study which found that residents of U.S. states with high obesity rates were actually less likely to have a weight loss procedure compared to people from states with lower obesity rates. Los Angeles-based bariatric surgery specialists Dr. Feiz & Associates says that the imbalance is a tragic example of how across-the-board low awareness of the benefits of weight loss surgery is regularly costing lives, harming patient quality of life, and mandating countless millions of dollars in expenditures on preventable health conditions.

The firm speculates that one likely reason for the disparity between the proven efficacy of bariatric techniques and their usage boils down to widely held misconceptions about obesity; that it is a problem that is more cosmetic than medical and mostly related to character flaws. In fact, obesity is now considered a medical disease and a serious one; it’s a direct causal factor of conditions ranging from diabetes, high blood, and sleep apnea, which in turn greatly increase an individual’s likelihood of developing heart disease, strokes, kidney failure, and a host of other debilitating and/or fatal illnesses. Therefore, says Dr. Feiz & Associates, treating the root cause of so many health problems is arguably one of the most effective preventive medical interventions in the history of medicine.

The clinic notes that once obesity is present, it’s an extremely difficult medical condition to treat, even when patients are fully committed to making lifestyle changes. The difficulty is not that obese people are too mentally weak to change their eating behavior, it’s that they are suffering from a condition which makes altering that behavior is far more challenging than coping with very strong physical addictions.

Unfortunately, when individuals start eating less and losing weight, the human body is programmed to act as if a famine is likely and starts producing more hunger hormones. This may be the primary reason why so many people are unable to lose large amounts, and those who are able to accomplish the extremely difficult task of achieving their goal weight end up backsliding and becoming even heavier than they were previously. Dr. Feiz & Associates says that a sleeve gastrectomy has turned out to be an extremely powerful weapon because, at the same time as it removes up to 85 percent of the stomach – which makes overeating very uncomfortable – it also removes the primary spot where ghrelin, a primary hunger hormone, is produced. Patients and doctors agree that, without so many of the feelings of hunger than typically drive dieters to distraction, defeating obesity doesn’t become it easy, but it does become a lot more possible.

Readers who would like to learn more about how a weight loss surgery can help themselves or a loved one to avoid some of the most common debilitating and often fatal illnesses can call Dr. Feiz & Associates at (800) 868-5946 or visit its website at http://www.drfeiz.com/.

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