Morbid Obesity: Causes and Treatments

Morbid Obesity: Causes and TreatmentsObesity, a condition in which you have a high body mass index (BMI), is one of the main health problems in the United States.

Some causes of obesity include:

  • low resting metabolic rate
  • environmental factors
  • family behavior patterns
  • poorly developed satiety response
  • reactive eating due to stress or anxiety

Morbid obesity is characterized by an increased number of fat cells and a degree of irreversibility. Overeating increases the size of fat cells; however, once they achieve their maximal size, cell reproduction is sparked and massive, irreversible obesity may result.

Knowing your BMI is a good starting point in addressing your weight. If you find you are in an unhealthy range, you should talk with your doctor to address this issue.

Morbid obesity is a complex issue and has many causes. It is a serious disease that needs to be prevented and treated. Each treatment differs from person to person. Your physician can best diagnose your weight issue and give you options according to your health and lifestyle.

Modifying those behaviors that may have contributed to developing obesity is one way to treat the disease. A few suggested behavior modifiers include:

  • Changing eating habits
  • Increasing physical activity
  • Becoming educated about the body and how to nourish it appropriately
  • Engaging in a support group or extracurricular activity
  • Setting realistic weight management goals

Surgical treatment of morbid obesity is the only therapeutic form that has stood the test of time, but bariatric surgery should be reserved as a last resort. There are various surgical options to choose from when considering bariatric surgery. In order to qualify for surgery, individuals must have a BMI of 40 or greater, or a BMI more than 35 and an existing weight-related co-severity, such as diabetes or hypertension.

Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tsuda to help decide if surgery is right for you. Read more online at: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/obesity/basics/definition/con-20014834

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