Are You Qualified for Weight Loss Surgery?

20 February 2011, 02:01 | Posted under by Tatiana

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In today’s society, a lot of people are pressured to get thin. However, being thin does not always equate to being healthy. It can often lead to malnutrition and a host of other complications such as a weaker immune system, brittle bones, etc.
People who are desperate to lose weight can sometimes resort to extreme dieting, which can result in short-term weight loss but may be counter-productive in the long run. Some diets set a severely limited calorie intake, which makes dieters feel sluggish and deprived. When they quit dieting, the normal tendency is to go back to old eating habits, which is how the extra weight comes back.
Maintaining a healthy weight is an important aspect of good health. Studies say that being either underweight or overweight can greatly increase the risk of contracting conditions such as cancer, diabetes and coronary heart disease.
For people suffering from obesity, weight loss surgery can be a safe and effective option. Weight loss surgery aims to control a person’s food intake by reducing the actual size of the stomach and rerouting the digestive tract. However, there are certain criteria that need to be met before one can qualify for this type of surgery.
Defining Obesity
To qualify for any weight loss surgery, you need have to been obese for more than five years. Body Mass Index (BMI), which measures weight relative to height, is another indicator. Men who are more than 100 pounds overweight and women who are 80 pounds above their ideal weight can qualify for weight loss surgery.
Health Problems
People with obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, hypertension and acid reflux are prime candidates for weight loss surgery. The National Institutes of Health reports that people who have undergone this procedure displayed dramatically improved health.
Unsuccessful Dieting
Doctors normally prescribe a closely supervised medical weight loss program for obese people, which could include a meal plan, prescription diet pills and even counseling. But if years of supervised medical weight loss proved unsuccessful, then weight loss surgery may just work for you. Talk to your doctor and ask about the best treatment options.