What is Obesity?
Obesity is a 21st century epidemic and can often only be treated through weight loss surgery
A person is classed as obese if their body mass index (BMI) is over 30 and overweight if their BMI is 25 to 30. Essentially, obesity can be the cause of many illnesses, which will increase mortality rates and lower life expectancy. Simply put, if you’re obese, you’re unlikely to live as long as your healthier peers unless you lose weight through dieting or weight loss surgery.
Why is treating obesity important?
Obesity has grown by 400 per cent in the last 25 years and is on track to surpass smoking as the biggest killer in the UK. What’s more, obesity costs the NHS £4 billion per year and is responsible for 18 million sick days annually. As a result, treating obesity is vital for both the country’s health and its economy.
Obesity is associated with a number of illnesses. If you’re obese, you are:
- 6 times more likely to develop gall bladder disease
- 5.6 times more likely to have raised blood pressure
- 3.8 times more likely to have diabetes
- Twice as likely to have osteoarthritis
- You are more likely to suffer from infertility and an increased risk of miscarriage
- More prone to back problems and sleep disturbance
- Shortening your life expectancy by 9 years
Using weight loss surgery procedures — such as a gastric band, or gastric bypass — to reduce your BMI and maintain it can enable you to avoid, reduce and sometimes reverse any health problems associated with obesity. Your overall health will improve physically and emotionally and you will gain added benefits socially and sexually, boosting your quality of life as well as your life expectancy.
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