Understanding Obesity - The Weight Loss Surgery Center Of Los Angeles

Understanding Obesity

Obesity is a complex problem with many causes, but at its core, it is a simple matter of energy balance. When we take in more energy than we burn, our bodies store the excess as fat. Over time, this can lead to weight gain. There are many factors that can contribute to obesity, including genetics, lifestyle, and medical conditions. And while obesity can lead to serious health problems, it is important to remember that it is a complex condition with many causes. If you or someone you love is struggling with obesity, know that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you better understand this condition and how to manage it.

Resources To Help You Understand Obesity Better

A female doctor at a table with fruit and vegetables. SYMPTOMS AND CONDITIONS

Obesity is much more serious than simply being a few pounds overweight. If you’re carrying a large amount of excess weight on your body, there are a number of obesity-related disorders, diseases and symptoms that can be brought on or accelerated if you don’t receive effective treatment.

Symptoms & Conditions
BMI or Body Mass Index Formula WHAT IS BMI?

When you talk about weight loss surgery and obesity, you’ll often hear the term BMI. Also known as body mass index, your BMI is a measurement of your weight in relation to your height. It provides you and your doctors with key information about your general health, and can serve as an indication that you may benefit from bariatric surgery.

What Is BMI?
Overweight woman sqeezing fat on her tummy. LIVING WITH OBESITY

Per estimates released by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 2010, over 35% of adult Americans and 17% of American children are considered to be obese. The condition is caused by an imbalance in the proportion of energy taken into the body, as compared to the amount of energy expended by the body.

Living With Obesity
A female doctor talking and comforting an obese woman before surgery. IS BARIATRIC SURGERY RIGHT FOR ME?

When diet and exercise cease to produce sufficient weight loss results, bariatric surgery can be a life changing and even lifesaving option. Bariatric surgery (also referred to as weight loss surgery) is considered extremely safe but, as with any surgery, it does carry some degree of risk.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right For You?
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