What causes obesity?
Research shows that in many cases, obesity can be genetic—and that means that, for those people, diet and exercise probably won’t fix the problem in the long term. Unhealthy diet and lack of exercise can magnify these genetic factors.
What are the health risks of obesity?
There are more than 30 conditions associated with morbid obesity, including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, respiratory problems, heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), depression, infertility, urinary stress incontinence, menstrual irregularities and others. Weight loss surgery can relieve symptoms of, or in some cases cure or eliminate, many of these health conditions.
What are the risks of bariatric surgery?
Your doctor will talk with you in-depth about the health risks associated with bariatric surgery. For many patients, the risk of death from not having the surgery is greater than the possible complications involved with the procedure.
What diet changes will I have to make?
Because your doctor will be making permanent changes inside your body, you’ll need to make permanent changes to the way you eat. Common guidelines include chewing (or grinding) food thoroughly; not drinking while eating; staying away from desserts and sweets; and cutting out carbonated drinks, high-calorie nutritional supplements, and foods high in fat or fiber. Patients are also asked to avoid alcohol and eliminate snacks between meals.