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Half of all Americans are overweight. 200 million US adults are considered overweight by standards set by the National Institutes of Health. Almost one fourth of all adults in this country are obese. This increased from 13% in 1960. Americans spend 33 billion dollars a year on weight loss programs and another 33 billion on prescriptions for weight loss. Cost related to obesity run another 99 billion dollars.

Our children are becoming overweight. 11% of children ages 6-17 are overweight. That’s an increase of 5% since the 70s. Aside from the life style being overweight promotes. Overweight children grow up to be obese adults. The children of 2 obese parents have a 90% risk of becoming obese adults.

There are many causes, easier living styles, genetics, diets high in fast food. Our lives require less energy expenditure than in the past. We have an abundance of high fat inexpensive foods.

Diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, arthritis, sleep apnea, breast cancer, and colon cancer are all increased in the obese individual. Increased cholesterol, menstrual problems, and depression are all associated with being overweight or obese. Obese individuals (BMI >30) have a 50 to 100% increase in risk of mortality. That’s roughly 2 times normal risk. If you have a BMI >40 your risk of death (from all causes) is 4 times average.

What is BMI? BMI or Body mass index is a way to measure obesity in adults. It is a calculation based on weight and height. Take your weight in pounds multiply by 700. Divide this number by your height in inches. Divide that number by your height in inches again.




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What can you do if you are overweight?

Long-term successful weight control requires life style changes. Eating a diet that is low in fat and calories. It requires routine exercise.Fad diets do not promote these changes and are sometimes detrimental to the weight controller’s health. If you are 100 lb. over ideal body weight or have a BMI > 40 or have a BMI of 35 and have medical problems associated with obesity you may consider surgery for obesity. Surgery is not for everyone and some people’s health or age may not allow them to have surgery.

Obesity surgery or Bariatric surgery was started in the 1950’s. The first operations were fairly simple to perform and became common. Unfortunately, some severe long-term and potentially fatal complications became apparent. In the 1960’s, Edward Mason developed a procedure that is still done today. He continued his research trying to come up with a better operation.

There are two main types of operations: restrictive and malabsorptive. Restrictive operations limit the amount of food a person can eat. Examples of these are vertical banded gastroplasty and adjustable gastric bands. Malabsorptive operations prevent the body from absorbing the food that is eaten. An example of this includes biliary diversions. Combination operations use both the restrictive and malabsorptive components to obtain weight loss. The Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is the most common of these operations.

Lap Band and Realize are the only FDA approved adjustable gastric band in the United States. It has been in use internationally since the late 1980’s. It is now the most common procedure for weight loss outside the United States. Lap Band was approved for use here in 2001. Realize Bands were approved in 2007.

Eating after surgery is sometimes difficult in that you must eat very slowly and small amounts. The gastric pouch is about the size of a medicine cup. If you swallow more than this, it becomes uncomfortable and you may vomit. The first 4-6 weeks you consume only liquids. Later more foods are added until you eat a regular diet, only in much smaller amounts.

Nutrition is the key to a good recovery. Certain vitamins are difficult to absorb from foods following surgery. It is also important to get enough protein, as protein is important for healing and recovering from surgery. Therefore, protein and vitamin supplements may be prescribed.

Exercise is very important after weight loss surgery. It increases fitness and prevents muscle loss, and it will help maximize weight loss. Even walking 30 minutes, three times a week will help.

There are many risks associated with surgery. Many of these are just increased risks associated with having surgery when you are obese. These include blood clots to the lung, hernia and wound infection.

Columbia Bariatric Associates was established by Columbia Surgical Associates to provide safe and effective metabolic and bariatric surgical services for the treatment of morbid obesity. Dr. Jim Pitt and Dr. Walter Peters are specially trained to perform Laparoscopic Adj Gastric Band Surgery on qualified patients. Dr. Pitt and Dr. Peters have a combined 30 years of laparoscopic surgery experience and are pleased to be able to offer the most affordable Laparoscopic Adj Gastric Band Surgery in Missouri. If you are overweight and qualify for weight loss surgery sign up for an informational seminar to see if the Laparoscopic Adj Gastric Band Surgeryis right for you.

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