Obesity, in simple terms, is having a high proportion of body fat. Fat is important for storing energy and insulating your body, among other functions. The human body can handle carrying some extra fat, but beyond a certain point, body fat can begin to interfere with your health. For this reason, obesity is more than a cosmetic concern. Obesity puts you at greater risk of developing high blood pressure, diabetes and many other serious health problems.
Obesity is a major health concern and a life-threatening disease affecting millions of Americans. The prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically among Americans over the past 30 years. According to National Health and Nutrition Examination Study collected between 1970s and 2004, overweight and obesity prevalence have increased steadily among all US population groups over the past three decades. Nearly 1/3 of all American adults are considered obese and one in six under the age of 18 are overweight. If these trends continue, by 2030, 86.3% of adults will be overweight or obese; and 51.1%, obese. By 2048, all American adults would become overweight or obese.
The good news is that even modest weight loss can improve or prevent complications associated with obesity. Weight loss is usually possible through dietary changes, increased physical activity and behavior modification. For people who don't respond to these lifestyle changes, other more involved obesity treatments are available to enhance weight loss. These include prescription medications and weight-loss surgery.
With or without insurance, the cost of obesity itself is often very high. Several studies show that overweight individuals, on average, pay over $15,000 a year in out-of-pocket healthcare expenses and several other costs relating to obesity. Of all the available methods, weight loss (bariatric) surgery is the only reliable treatment for obesity by its ability to provide sustained weight loss, resolution of obesity-related illnesses, improved quality of life and psychological conditions, reductions in disease risk factors, and obesity-related deaths. Currently, the two most common bariatric surgeries practiced in the United States are the laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding or LAP-BAND and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass procedures. The LAP-BAND surgery may not only play a significant role in improving your health and quality of life, but it's been proven to save money over time by lowering the financial impact of obesity.
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