Obesity: Causes, Complications, and Solutions
Obesity can hinder your lifestyle and compromise your health. You may have difficulty performing daily tasks or engaging in the recreational activities that you enjoy. Obesity is linked to a number of health conditions that can limit your ability to experience the quality of life you deserve. With our unique LifeBand® approach, we can offer the benefits of the LAP-BAND® procedure to patients who fall outside the parameters of morbid obesity, but who are still significantly overweight. We believe patient education is a very important part of weight loss treatment, and will take all the time needed to help you understand your condition and how we can help. If you would like to learn more about how the LifeBand® system can help you overcome obesity, contact our Fairfield County, CT-area center.
Doctors use the Body Mass Index (BMI) calculator as well as other factors to determine obesity. A BMI of 30 and above is considered obese, while a BMI of 40 and above is considered morbidly obese. Patients who have a BMI above 30, but below 40, may not qualify for insurance coverage for bariatric surgery. Our LifeBand® services are often a good solution for patients in this range.
What Causes Obesity?
Patients gain excess weight when they consume more calories than they burn. However, obesity is a complex condition that is often the result of several factors:
- Genetics - Your genetic makeup affects the amount of fat your body stores and how it is distributed.
- Lifestyle - Inadequate sleep can affect your hormones and your appetite, causing you to crave high-calorie foods. A high-calorie diet paired with a sedentary lifestyle can also contribute to weight gain.
- Medical Issues - There are a few specific conditions and medications that can cause excessive weight gain. Additionally, medical problems that limit your movement can further contribute to obesity.
- Aging - Obesity can occur at any age, and it is becoming more common among children. However, as patients age, the risk of obesity increases. Aging causes hormonal changes, decreases muscle mass, and slows your metabolism.
What Health Conditions Are Linked to Obesity?
In addition to limiting your ability to perform daily tasks, obesity can also contribute to the development of various health conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Type II diabetes
- Heart disease
- Different types of cancer
- Breathing disorders, including sleep apnea
The detrimental effects of obesity can also contribute to mental health conditions:
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem
The physical and psychological effects of obesity can significantly impact your overall quality of life. We seek to provide solutions for patients struggling with this complex condition. The LifeBand® technique allows patients to lose weight in a safe and effective way, while addressing obesity-related complications.
Addressing Obesity with LifeBand®
With the LifeBand® approach, we can offer a life-changing opportunity to obese patients. Many of our patients find that diet and exercise alone are not enough to overcome this difficult condition. It is important to remember that while the surgery can provide you with significant weight loss results, you must be committed to healthy lifestyle changes throughout your recovery. We guide our patients through every step of the process so that they can make the appropriate diet and exercise changes to achieve the results that they need.
Contact us today to learn more about our unique approach to overcoming obesity. We pride ourselves on providing an affordable approach to the LAP-BAND® procedure for the right candidates.