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Understanding Obesity in Kansas City

Understanding Obesity in Kansas City Weight Loss ImageAmerica currently has an obesity epidemic. Obesity is now considered the number one threat to public health in the United States. Over two-thirds of adults over the age of 20 in the U.S. are considered overweight, and over one-third of Americans are obese. Of these, more than 13 million Americans are more than 100 pounds overweight, or severely obese.

There is much more to obesity in Kansas City than what you see on the outside. It is not just an issue of cosmetic appearance and eating too much. Rather, obesity is a complex disease with several causes that gets progressively worse and, therefore, requires control and treatment throughout one’s life. Obese individuals are at an increased risk of developing one or more serious medical conditions, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, certain types of cancer, high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, GERD, liver disease, Alzheimer’s disease, limited mobility and bone pain, depression and poor self-image. Many diseases that are related to obesity can have long-term damaging effects on the body, and sometimes the damage can be so extreme as to be life-threatening.

The bottom line is that obesity left untreated will shorten your life span. The surgeons at KC Bariatric are highly skilled and caring leaders in weight loss surgery, and are committed and able to help you stop the damage obesity is causing your body and renew your lease on life.

Most individuals who are obese have at some point felt discriminated against because others tell them they “just eat too much”. However, obesity is often not simply caused by overeating. One of the reasons that obesity is such a common disease is that it is quite complex, with many genetic and environmental factors contributing to a person’s excess weight. Studies have shown that dieting and exercise alone are not enough to provide long-term durable weight loss once a person is obese. Many attempt a number of different diets with little success over the course of their lifetime, with 95% of diets resulting in the person regaining the weight they lost within two years, and sometimes gaining even more. Most overweight individuals can relate to this frustrating “yo-yoing” in their weight over many years.

You have probably struggled with numerous failed attempts at weight loss through dieting, exercise, pills, herbal treatments, etc. We know what you have been through and we can help you achieve your goal of effective long-term weight loss that lasts. Weight loss surgery has the best rate of success in losing weight and keeping it off. Bariatric surgery is associated with massive weight loss and will help to improve or cure the serious medical conditions associated with obesity. Most patients are able to stop taking many of their medications shortly after surgery. In addition to the improvement in health and overall lifespan, weight loss surgery improves a person’s quality of life, self-esteem, mood, mobility, appearance, and often improves a person’s ability to become employed or find a significant other.