Public Perceptions on Obesity & Weight Loss Surgery

Obesity is one of the most significant health problems we face today.  Nearly one third of the world’s population and about 40% of the U.S. adult population is overweight or obese. Obesity has become “the new smoking” and is a leading cause of premature death due to noncommunicable disease.

Bariatric Surgery Being Underutilized

Doctors and scientists who research diseases provide these statistics on obesity and warn us of the dangers to our health if we fail to take action.  And yet we see that obesity rates have not declined and our most effective treatments, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve, are being used by less than .5% of the people who could benefit from them.  Why is this?

Some people fear surgery and resulting complications.  And while it is true that a very small percentage of bariatric surgery patients do experience complications, this risk is much lower that an obese individual’s risk of developing a life-threatening condition due to their fail… Read More