Current statistics in the United States show that about 11 to 15 million Americans are considered morbidly obese. Morbid obesity can be found in people who weigh a hundred pounds more than their normal body weight.
Morbid obesity, according to experts, may become the leading cause of death in the United States in the future, which has a current annual death toll of 500,000. Public awareness of this nationwide problem caused an increase in rate in people seeking Bariatic surgical procedures.
In 2002, Bariatic surgery procedures increased by 40%, with an approximate total of 80,000 surgeries. It further increased the next year and even exceeded 120,000 cases. Statistics show that in ten years time, between 1993 and 2003, Bariatric surgical procedures soared more than 600% in increase. This may prove that Americans are becoming more and more aware of the dangers of morbid obesity. How about the other millions of people not seeking any medical attention regarding their weight problem?
Survey shows that the most common Bariatric surgery patients are women in their late 30s who weigh approximately 300 pounds. Although there are no exact record of teenagers and adolescents undergoing Bariatric surgery, a quick observation shows that the rate is gradually increasing. This means that a lot of youngsters are morbidly obese at such a young age. The good news about this is that earlier detection and treatment of morbid obesity is the best benefit these patients get to avoid further complications brought by the condition.
A study conducted reveals that those who have undergone Bariatric surgery live longer than those who did not. Because of the popularity of Bariatric surgery procedures, the number of active Bariatric surgeons also increased. A lot of people have even chosen to revise or to choose medical insurances that cover Bariatric surgery operations just in case they needed one.
Of all the Bariatric surgical procedures, Gastric bypass surgeries have the most number of procedures done. In fact in 2003, it had a total of 103,200 cases in the United States alone. Weight loss results for those who have undergone Bariatric surgery shows that it is permanent and ongoing. For those who have chosen not to undergo the procedure have little or no success in losing weight. Conventional means of losing weight only yielded 2.5 kilograms weight loss in 10 to 12 weeks of dieting and exercising. If this is the case, it would take years before a morbidly obese person can shed off the excess weight. Bariatric surgical procedures are indeed more reliable when it comes to losing weight.