Obesity is currently on the rise, as well as the number of people dying from obesity. According to the World Health Organization, there are 2.8 million people dying each year from obesity-related illnesses and diseases, such as heart disease, heart attack, stroke and diabetes. This is what led Dr. Michael Feiz, a bariatric surgeon, to conduct a study on the current obesity mortality rates and how weight loss surgery makes a positive effect. The findings were published in the August 2013 issue of The American Journal of Public Health.

About the Study

This study looked at how many people were dying from obesity-related conditions in the United States. It’s found that 1 in every five deaths was related to obesity, which is a staggering number. Dr. Feiz noted that he has seen how positive of an impact weight loss surgery can have on the individual and their family, as they move forward with their new healthy lifestyle, lose weight, encourage loved ones to follow in their footsteps, and even save their lives. Obesity-related conditions that are the biggest concern are Type II Diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke and heart attacks. He believes much of this can be resolved with the help of bariatric surgery. The research also showed that some groups have a higher risk of obesity-related death, including 26.8 percent of black women dying from being obese. Caucasian women are not far behind at 21.7 percent risk.

Additional Research Information

Aside from the lower mortality rate that weight loss surgeries offer his patients, Dr. Feiz also used this study to look at safer alternatives. Most notably, he mentioned the minimally invasive procedures, such as sleeve gastrectomy or lap band, both of which are laparoscopic procedures. These have significantly lower side effects or long-term adverse effects after surgery, as opposed to other types of bariatric surgeries. From Dr. Feiz’s weight loss surgical office in Beverly Hills, CA, he currently has a zero mortality rate among his patients who have had bariatric surgery performed.

It is important for individuals who are within the obese or higher body mass index (BMI) range, to consider weight loss surgery. It has minimal side effects and exceptional success rates for weight loss and long-term health benefits. Not only that, it reduces your risk of an obese-related death due to cardiovascular problems, like high blood pressure or heart disease.

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