Did you know that up to 93.3 million adults in the United States are classified as obese? Add in children and adolescents and the number swells by another 13.7 million. These astounding figures leave little doubt that obesity is a national epidemic.
I’m Dr. David Chengelis, an experienced and board-certified bariatric surgeon, and I help people who are overweight. If you’re struggling with your weight, I can help you discover the life you’ve been wanting.
A story of our changing diet
If you’ve ever tried dieting, you’re in good company: Millions of Americans have, too. There are enough diet plans out there, including the many fads and gimmicks, that make up a multibillion-dollar industry.
The sobering truth is that while eating the right foods is obviously important and many diets can work, more often than not, you’ll simply go back to your original weight, maybe even put on more pounds than where you started, when the dieting ends.
Nowadays, Americans are typically turning to foods with hidden sugars and fats, and eating tons of processed foods with additives that are simply not healthy. This nutritional change, along with everyday stresses and sedentary lifestyles, has fostered an obesity epidemic that is putting lives at risk.
Here’s why you need to lose weight
Growing obese puts you at far greater risk of developing some serious health problems and diseases, including:
- Depression and anxiety
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleep apnea
- Fatty liver disease
- Some types of cancer
You might love doughnuts or pastries, but if you’re obese, too many of them places your life at risk. This can lead to higher medical expenses and psychological and emotional problems, among other qualify-of-life downgrades.
How can weight loss surgery help?
The good news is that I can help you find a better life. Through specialized weight loss surgery, I can get you started on a journey that will result in better health. Here’s how weight loss surgery can turn your life around:
1. Increased longevity
The No. 1 reason why weight loss surgery will change your life? It comes with a track record of reducing your chances of developing some serious diseases. One five-year study, reported by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, found that weight loss surgery lessened mortality rates by a whopping 89%.
2. You’ll have a better relationship with food
Oftentimes, overweight people feel addicted to food. Doctors know that people can grow addicted to high levels of fats and sugars. For people who are overweight, this addiction can become a vicious cycle: more eating followed by more weight gain, then more eating to sustain the added weight.
One of the best aspects of weight loss surgery is that many people say they have a healthier relationship with food. With the addiction broken, you can maintain a long-lasting healthy attitude toward what you eat.
3. Better quality of life
Simply stated, being obese creates huge physical struggles. You might even have trouble walking around and moving short distances, greatly reducing your physical activity. That means no sports, no long-distance walking, no lengthy trips at the shopping mall, and avoiding all sorts of other physical activities that most people consider normal.
All the while, you’re not getting exercise that might burn some of the calories you’re taking in.
When you have bariatric weight loss surgery, you’ll find that you can walk around without struggling. Your breathing will be better, and you’ll start to find the joy in life as you get out into the sun and join the rest of the world.
If you want to take the first step on a journey that will result in a better quality of life and increased longevity, it’s time to call my clinic and book an appointment.