Category: Morbid Obesity

Weight Loss Plans: Gastric Bypass Decision

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Is Gastric Bypass Right for Me?

If you have tried and failed several times with other attempts at weight loss then gastric bypass may be the solution. Gastric bypass should be viewed as a last resort when other weight loss methods have been tried without success. Doctors recommend the surgery for people who are morbidly obese with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher between the ages of 18 and 65.

Gastric Bypass – Change and Commitment

Because a strict diet and exercise program must be followed after gastric bypass you have to be fully aware and committed to the changes you have to make. A gastric bypass changes the digestive system drastically. The stomach is stapled or banded to form a small pouch, and you can only eat very small portions of food. Eating smaller portions helps you lose a lot of weight, but you must stick to this type of diet or you may get sick and/or gain your weight back. You must also regularly exercise to help get and keep the weight off.

Gastric Bypass – Change and Benefit

Gastric bypass patients can lose up to 70-80 percent of excess weight within the first 2 years after surgery. Proper diet and exercise habits have to be incorporated into your life, though, in order to fully benefit from the procedure. Getting a gastric bypass gives you a boost with weight loss and from there you have to continue with the regimen you and your doctor agree will work for you.

Talk to your doctor about all the facts and details of gastric bypass. Along with your doctor other people such as fitness trainers, nutritionists, and support groups are there to support you before and after getting the procedure done. If you know you can handle the surgery and the required lifestyle change that follows then gastric bypass may be for you.

Morbid Obesity BMI – What BMI is Considered Obese?

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What is morbid obesity BMI, and what are some of the dangers of morbid obesity?

The Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of whether you are under, normal weight, or obese. There are several calculators available online with which people can determine their Body Mass Index (BMI). For the convenience of our readers, we have included a simple calculator below. Choose Imperial to add your weight in pounds and height in inches.

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A body mass index (BMI) of 40-49.9 is a level of extreme obesity, which may be ground for considering bariatric surgery. Between 2000 and 2005, obesity (BMI ≥ 30) increased by 24%, morbid obesity (BMI ≥ 40) increased by 50% and super obesity (BMI ≥ 50) increased by 75%. Those with a body mass index, or BMI, above 40 are robbed of at least 6 1/2 years, on average, of expected life span, a study has found [5].

BMI and Obesity: What Role Do They Play in Longevity?

A high BMI and obesity have long been regarded as risk factors for a variety of health related problems such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain forms of cancer. While this remains true, what affect does a high BMI and obesity play in overall mortality?

It was previously thought that a higher BMI was associated with an earlier, all-cause mortality. Several studies done in the past have supported this idea. Some recent studies have called this conventional thinking on high BMI and obesity into question.

A few studies conducted on weight gain and obesity show that carrying around a few extra pounds may actually decrease mortality, particularly in the elderly. This may be partially due to the fact that elderly patients with lower BMI’s may be more at risk for dying from a hip fracture due to their propensity towards osteoporosis and may be more susceptible to (more…)

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