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UT Physicians understands that obesity is a recognized disease by the National Institutes of Health. Furthermore, we recognize that having this disease is not your fault. Obesity is a complex disease that is often times misunderstood. In addition to the genetic component of the disease, there are environmental, behavioral, social, psychological, and emotional factors that all play into your morbid obesity. Unfortunately in our society today, making fun of overweight people seems to be the last acceptable form of discrimination. We believe this is unacceptable, and our passion is to help those that live with this disease to achieve a normal-weight life.
If you suffer from morbid obesity, you know the cycle all too well. You diet and lose weight only to gain back the weight you’d lost (and more). Along with your discouragement comes frustration, followed by feelings of guilt and shame. And the cycle starts all over again.
You are not alone and obesity is not your fault.
Consider these facts:
- People on diets, exercise programs or weight loss medications are able to lose approximately ten percent of their excess body weight, but tend to regain two-thirds of that weight within one year, and almost all of the weight is regained within five years.
- Less than five percent of people in weight loss programs are able to maintain their weight loss after five years.
So what can be done?
Weight loss surgery has been proven to be an appropriate and successful treatment for the disease of obesity.3 In fact, surgical treatment for the disease of obesity is the only proven solution for long-term weight loss and resolution of co-morbidities and associated diseases or conditions caused by obesity.
We specialize in providing individuals with the most current weight loss surgery procedures available today because it works. Our results speak for themselves.
Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?
According to the National Institutes of Health, anyone weighing 20 percent or more than their ideal body weight is obese. At that point, the extra weight becomes a health risk, contributing to a number of conditions, many of which are life-threatening.
If you are obese, weight loss surgery may be an option to help you control your weight. To qualify for surgery, you must:
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater without co-morbidities, or have a BMI of 35 or greater with at least two co-morbidities related to obesity (high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes, or fatty liver disease);
- Be between the ages of 18 and 70
- Be able to show past serious attempts to lose weight through diets prescribed and supervised by your doctor, through exercise, or through programs such as Weight Watchers® or Jenny Craig®
- Have no significant physical, medical, emotional or psychological problems that would make surgery unnecessarily risky; and
- Commit to and be able to participate in long-term treatment and long-term follow-up care, including keeping all follow-up appointments with us and taking your vitamins daily.
1 American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE)/American College of Endocrinology (ACE) Obesity Task Force. Endor Pract.1998; 4:297-330.
2 Finkelstein EA, Fiebelkorn IC, Wang G. State-Level Estimates of Annual Medical Expenditures Attributable to Obesity. Obes Res 2004;12:18-24.
3 American Society for Bariatric Surgery. Rationale for the Surgical Treatment of Morbid Obesity. [Online] 21 February 2005.