According to the World Health Organization, the highest levels of obesity exist within the United States and Mexico. One in six adults across the world is obese, and one in three adolescents suffers from obesity. Researchers now consider obesity to be a worldwide epidemic do to its rapid growth. Because so many people suffer from obesity, we offer a comprehensive range of obesity treatment options at Tijuana Bariatrics to assist those who want to manage their weight and restore their health.
How Do I Know If I Am Obese?
The standard way to gauge obesity is to measure Body Mass Index, or BMI. To determine your BMI:
- Multiply your height in inches by itself (e.g., 65 inches times 65 inches = 4225)
- Then divide your weight in pounds by that number (e.g., 225 lbs./4225 = .053)
- Finally, multiply that number by 703 to arrive at your BMI (e.g., .053x703 = 37.259)
If your resulting BMI is over 30, then you are medically considered to be obese, and if your BMI is 40 or above, then you suffer from morbid obesity. Both conditions can be harmful to your health and potentially life threatening. Patients who are morbidly obese are generally 100 pounds overweight and are at a higher risk for developing heart related diseases.
Obesity does not have a direct cure, however, through dedicated effort, responsibility, and an altered lifestyle a patient can regain normal weight and improve their overall health. Obesity is a condition that worsens over time and longer it goes untreated the more you put your health in jeopardy. We recommend patients make a conscious effort to get their weight under control by choosing a bariatric surgery that best fits their health needs. Bariatric surgery, together with a change in habits reflects a weight loss decision that will put patients on their way to a new and healthier life.
It is important to consult with our weight management professionals to learn about your options. For those who are obese and qualified to undergo surgical measures, bariatric treatment can help put your life back on track and motivate you to achieve your lifelong dreams. Following medical weight loss surgery, your condition can go into remission which will dramatically improve your physical and mental state.
Your Weight Affects the Health of Your Entire Body
Obesity is associated with an elevated risk of developing cancer. The most common forms of cancer found in overweight patients are:
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Prostate Cancer
- Gall Bladder Cancer
- Pancreatic Cancer
- Thyroid Cancer
Obese patients are more likely to develop diabetes, hypertension, and other chronic diseases such as Hodgkin's lymphoma, all of which are preventable and controllable. Poor dietary habits and inactivity contribute to the growing rate of obesity around the world. What many patients fail to realize is that their condition does not just affect their physical health; it also affects their emotional health and their ability to be physical active.
Contact Us about Obesity Treatment
To learn more about obesity treatment options that are right for you, contact the bariatric surgery practice of Dr. Fernando Garcia today! During your consultation we can determine what form of weight loss surgery will work best for you and your health care needs. Our team specializes in several surgical weight loss procedures, as well as revisional procedures, all of which can be customized to fulfill the unique requirements of your case.