The Obesity Epidemic

Obesity has become an epidemic in the United States. According to the CDC, more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese.([FOOTNOTE=The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Disease Statistics website.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=]) Of this, over 6% are considered morbidly obese (BMI >40).([FOOTNOTE=Cynthia L. Ogden, PhD; Margaret D. Carroll, MSPH; Brian K. Kit, MD, MPH; Katherine M. Flegal, PhD Prevalence of Childhood and Adult Obesity in the United States, 2011-2012 National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hyattsville, Maryland United States Public Health Service, Rockville, Maryland JAMA. 2014; 311(8):806-814. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.732.],[ANCHOR=],[LINK=])

In June of 2013, obesity was recognized as a disease by the American Medical Association. Despite this significant step in the right direction, the fact still remains: only 1% of the clinically eligible population is being treated for morbid obesity through bariatric surgery.

Overcoming Obesity

The Role of Surgery in Overcoming Obesity, Featuring Amit Trivedi, MD

More patients struggle with obesity than ever before – and unfortunately for many, diet and exercise alone simply aren’t enough. For many patients, bariatric surgery is an effective tool in overcoming this disease.

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