Friday, May 11, 2012
New Report Has Dire Projections for America's Waistline
A new report, published recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, projects that 42% of American adults will be obese by the year 2030 (rising from 36% today). The number of severely obese Americans (people with a BMI of 40 or higher) will rise from 5% to 11% by 2030. Additionally, the report asserts that the cost of treating certain "co-morbidities" (diabetes, heart disease, etc.) will add up to $550 billion over the next 20 years. The situation seems to be reaching a tipping point, with public policy initiatives so far having limited impact at best. This sense of desperation can be seen on an individual level, as people struggling with obesity try in vain to lose weight through traditional diet and exercise regimens. Increasingly, professionals in the medical community are considering recommending bariatric surgery to their patients. At Dr. Feiz & Associates, weight loss surgeon Dr. Michael Feiz offers several surgical solutions, including gastric bypass and the gastric sleeve (also known as sleeve gastrectomy). Contact their offices for a FREE consultation, and find out if you are a viable candidate for any of these procedures.