The obesity epidemic in the United States continues to reach new highs with each year. Right now, one in three people are considered obese. In Philadelphia, the number is even higher at one in two people. The list of medical complications is long and includes, pulmonary disease, stroke, cataracts, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, coronary heart disease, gall bladder disease, severe pancreatitis, cancer (breast, uterus, cervix, colon, esophagus, pancreas, kidney and prostate), osteoarthritis, phlebitis and gout. The most severe perhaps being early morbidity.
Dr. Rajesh Aggarwal, a bariatric surgeon at Jefferson Health’s Bariatric & Metabolic Surgery Program, wants his patients to know that they’re not alone in their suffering. Obesity is a complex disease, and while genes play a part, the larger part of the problem is our environment. Unhealthy diets high in fat/carbs and low in protein, liquid calories and a sedentary lifestyle all play a role.
Dr. Aggarwal recently filmed a Facebook live video to discuss bariatric (weight loss) surgery—which can help patients lose the weight and gain a life—and the importance of a healthy diet. Did you know morbidly obese patients treated with bariatric surgery lived on average 7 years longer than those who had non-surgical treatment alone?