Family Doctors Idaho Falls, Idaho

Weight Management

Weight No Longer

A safe, effective weight loss procedure is available at Bingham Memorial Hospital.

According to the Surgeon General's recent call to action obesity has reached epidemic proportions. In 1999, an estimated 61% of U.S. adults were overweight, along with 13% of children and adolescents. Obesity among adults has doubled since 1980, while the number of overweight adolescents has tripled. Increases in obesity are also associated with dramatic conditions such as type 2 diabetes and asthma. A recent study reported that obesity causes more adverse effects on health than either smoking or drinking.

Obesity can be a degenerative and debilitating disease. The increase in chronic health conditions caused by obesity is similar to that seen in 20 years of aging. The National Institutes of Health reports that obesity substantially increases the risk of illness and death from:

  • Heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Sleep apnea
  • Cancer
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Joint problems
According to the American Obesity Association, obese individuals have a 50 to 100% greater risk in premature death when compared to individuals of normal weight. This substantial increase in health risks has made obesity the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States.

Economic Impact of Obesity

The economic impact of obesity in the U.S. is substantial and it consumes an estimated 6% of our national health expenditure. The American Obesity Association states that obesity-related costs exceed $200 billion per year in the U.S. alone.

Americans spend more than $33 billion annually on weight loss products and services. However, these programs have a failure rate of up to 95% after 5 years. Studies also indicate that people who complete non-surgical weight loss programs and lose approximately 10% of their body weight, gain one-third of it back within one year and almost all of it back within five years. There is little evidence to suggest that any non-surgical treatment will achieve significant, and more importantly, sustained weight loss in the severely obese.

Seriously overweight patients who have never been able to keep pounds off with diet pills, special meals, or other weight loss programs now have a safe, effective, minimally invasive surgery option that significantly reduces food intake. It is called a gastric band. The device, which is adjustable and reversible, is placed using a laparoscope, without cutting or stapling the stomach.

Are You a Candidate?

The gastric band procedure is not right for everyone. You and your surgeon should work together to decide if this is the right treatment for you. Here are some of the things your surgeon will consider:

  • You are an adult (at least 18 years old)
  • Your BMI is 35, with one or more severe co-morbid conditions (Co-morbid conditions include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, arthritis, diabetes, etc.)
  • You have been overweight for more than five years
  • Your serious attempts to lose weight have had only short-term success
  • You do not have any other disease that may have caused you to be overweight
  • You are prepared to make major changes in your eating habits and lifestyle
  • You are willing to work with the specialist who is treating you
  • You do not drink alcohol in excess

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To attend one of our free bariatric seminars, click here or call (208) 782-3993 today. Dr. Lisa A. Medvetz can help you decide which route is best for you!