Controlling one’s weight is much more than just looking great in a bathing suit or reflecting the “ideal look” promoted by Hollywood and the fashion industry. It’s about living longer, living healthier and being around to see your children grow up. It’s also about preventing cancer, disease and living a fuller, happier life.
However beautiful the pure, physical human form may be, there is a much deeper reason to want to reach an ideal weight. The real issue is that death arrives faster as the number on the scale goes up. Even being “just a little” overweight is dangerous. The National Institutes of Health published consensus data on weight as far back as the 1980’s showing that as weight goes up beyond normal, mortality goes up. The data showed an increase in weight-associated medical problems (co-morbidities) on a dizzying scale.
The CDC considers an adult with a BMI between 25 and 30 to be overweight. A BMI of 30 or higher is considered obese, although there are additional factors such as height and physical condition to be considered. About 80 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight or obese, according to the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse.
Major increases in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and sleep apnea have been widely reported in the overweight and obese. However, few in the public realize that the risk of numerous types of cancer goes through the roof when people are just a few pounds overweight.
Excess body weight alone contributes to as many as one out of five of all cancer-related deaths. The American Cancer Society reports an estimated one out of every three cancer deaths in the U.S. is linked to excess body weight, poor nutrition and/or physical inactivity. But body weight seems to have the strongest evidence linking it to cancer.
Colon, rectal and prostate cancer rates are significantly elevated in heavier men. While breast, uterine, gallbladder, ovarian, colon and endometrial cancer rates are markedly increased in heavier women compared with their normal-weight counterparts.
Resolute weight loss surgery is one of the only treatments available that can address and help reverse all of these medical problems. And for people those who are really struggling, surgery is the most powerful tool available to help achieve a healthy weight.
Millions of people wreak havoc on their metabolisms every day by undergoing costly (and risky) crash diet programs. But the right weight loss surgery in the right hands is safe, effective and comparable in cost – over time – to many of the prepared-food diet plans that are on the market. The result is a longer, healthier and happier life…and being around to see your children’s children grow up.