The medical management of weight loss is limited in treating obesity. Most patients regain most of the lost weight after the diet has ended. Some may experience failure with multiple diet plans, resulting in frustration and hopelessness.
Both over-the-counter and prescription drugs for treatment of obesity have serious side-effects; in fact, some of these medications are harmful in patients who have a number of illnesses associated with obesity.
The overall costs of treating obesity-related illnesses for a single patient, in addition to the loss of productivity over the years, are staggering. There are also high financial tolls and mental anguish placed on both the patients and their families.
In addition to providing a lasting form of weight loss, an ideal treatment for the morbidly obese should carry less risk than the disease of obesity itself.
Over the years, many types of operations have been performed for the treatment of morbid obesity. The underlying approach for most of the operations were either to reduce food intake by reducing the size of the stomach, or by limiting the amount of calories being absorbed by the body.
Most of these procedures were more or less associated with several surgical and metabolic complications.
What is BMI?
Your BMI is a measurement of your body weight based on your height and weight. Although your BMI does not actually "measure" your percentage of body fat, it is a useful tool to estimate a healthy body weight based on your height. Due to its ease of measurement and calculation, it is the most widely used diagnostic indicator to identify a person's optimal weight depending on his height. Your BMI "number" will inform you if you are underweight, of normal weight, overweight, or obese. However, due to the wide variety of body types, the distribution of muscle and bone mass, and other factors, please consult Florida Lakes Surgical for final diagnostics and treatment.
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