Does this sound familiar?
“I’ll start my diet on Monday”, “I’ve tried and failed every diet out there “I don’t have a problem losing weight… I just can’t keep it off”
Well, you’re not alone. According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), 64 million adults in the U.S. are obese. It’s a national crisis and everyone wishes there was a “magic pill” you could take and miraculously the weight would disappear. But the reality is that there isn’t a magic pill. Losing weight and keeping it off take a lot of hard work. But there are tools that can help you. One of those tools is surgery.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is commonly known as “weight loss surgery.” Bariatric surgery can help you lose weight when you have tried diet and exercise multiple times without sustained success. For most obese patients, weight loss surgery has been the only method that has proven to keep the weight off for good. More importantly, weight loss surgery can reduce or eliminate weight-related health problems such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and some sleep disorders.
Know Your Number: BMI
Morbid obesity is a condition in which excess weight has a negative impact on health and daily activities. One of the ways we measure obesity levels is through the Body Mass Index (BMI), which calculates the amount of body fat you have in relation to your lean body mass.
Calculate your BMI here: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/index.html
If your BMI is ≥40 or if its ≥ 35 and you have other serious health problems like diabetes or heart disease, you are considered morbidly obese.
Sometimes it can be frightening to face the numbers but it’s important to know your risk. Obesity is a disease — and it can be treated.
Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?
Have you tried several other methods of weight loss without achieving the results you desire? Are you willing to change your behaviors and work hard? Then bariatric surgery might be right for you.
The UVM Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery Program multidisciplinary team will help you determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery; and, if so, will support through and after your surgery, to help you maintain your weight loss.
Meghan Millett, BSN, RN, is a Bariatric Nurse Specialist at the UVM Medical Center’s Bariatric Surgery Program.