Obesity is characterized by having excessive amounts of body fat, rather than simply being overweight. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about one-third of adults in America are obese, and about 12.5 million children and adolescents are considered obese.
Morbid obesity is a more severe form of obesity, and afflicts an estimated 11 million people in the U.S. People who weigh 75-100 pounds or more over what’s considered healthy weight for their body types are “morbidly obese.”
Morbid obesity is a disease, and is characterized by a severe accumulation of fat, a significantly increased risk of health conditions, resistance to dietary management, and a reduced lifespan.
Although people who are classified “morbidly obese” are often the most at risk, even those who are 50 pounds or more overweight are increasing the chance of developing severe health problems. The National Institutes of Health advise that an increase of 20 percent or more above your considered “ideal” or “healthy” body weight is the point at which excess weight starts posing risks to your health.
If you are 75 pounds or more overweight, and you have made unsuccessful attempts to lose weight by other means, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery or weight loss management.
Please contact Texas Laparoscopic Consultants for more information. We can also schedule a consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons to help you determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery.