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¿What is obesity?

Obesity is a multifactorial chronic disease characterized by excessive body fat accumulation, promoting the development of metabolic and functional impairment, and decreasing life expectancy.

Diseases related to obesity are multiple, mainly:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Hypertension / Cardiovascular Disease
  • Dyslipidemia / High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Fatty liver
  • Sleep apnea / Respiratory Diseases
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux
  • Some types of cancer
  • Infertility / Menstrual Irregularities

Obesity also causes psychological problems:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Social isolation

How can I find out if I am obese?

The evaluation of excess body weight is performed using the classification of the WHO (World Health Organization) through the body mass index (BMI).

BMI is a screening tool that correlates weight to height, and is considered an accurate and reliable method.

You are obese if you have a BMI greater than 30 kg/m2; however to be a candidate for obesity surgery you must have:

  • A BMI greater than or equal to 35 kg/m2 and experiencing related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and triglycerides, sleep apnea, etc.)
  • A BMI greater than or equal to 40 kg/m2 with or without related health conditions

Bariatric surgery offers many benefits, some of them are listed below:

  • Improved overall health
  • Improved quality of life
  • Increased life expectancy
  • Prevention and in some cases cure for some obesity related health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, dyslipidemia, and sleep apnea among others.
  • Increased self-esteem