Going on topic with my last post regarding elective weight-loss surgery, I wanted to include some startling facts and statistics regarding obesity that I recently came across:
- Obesity is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, second only to tobacco use.
- 60 million Americans over the age of 20 are obese.
- 9 million children and teens between the ages of 6 and 19 are overweight.
- Being overweight or obese greatly increases the risk of health conditions and diseases including: Breast cancer, Coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes, Sleep apnea, Gallbladder disease, Osteoarthritis, Colon cancer, Hypertension and Stroke.
These numbers put the state of American obesity into rather harsh perspective, and really drive home the fact that decisive action in the country must be taken. I’m a huge proponent of diet and exercise measures, and have always been somewhat skeptical of the concept of weight-loss surgery as a solution, until recently.
Through further research and speaking with various people, I’ve really grown to understand that sometimes lifestyle adjustments just aren’t enough. While it should always be used as a last resort, I think it’s great that the options for receiving bariatric surgery outside of the U.S. are becoming increasingly credible, well-researched, and effective.