Every year, millions of Americans are diagnosed as being obese. This means the patient is 20 percent or more above their ideal body weight. Clinically severe obesity is a more serious condition in which the patient is 100 or more pounds over their ideal body weight or has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater. When you are obese, your risk of developing other medical conditions including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke greatly increase. More than 300,000 deaths annually are attributed to obesity and obesity-related conditions.
When healthy dieting and exercise have not helped you reach your weight-loss goals, bariatric surgery might be an option to consider. Surgery helps patients lose weight by restricting food intake, or, in some cases, interrupt the digestive process. There are several surgical options available and recovery time is relatively short.
Covenant Bariatric Seminars
Information seminars on bariatric surgery options are offered each month.
Support group meetings, for those who have had or are contemplating bariatric surgery, are held the first Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7 pm at Covenant HealthCare-Mackinaw Campus (5400 Mackinaw Road) in the lower level conference room.
Covenant is now offering additional support group sessions to address the needs of patients who have had bariatric surgery 2 or more years ago. For 2015 we will be meeting at Covenant HealthCare-Mackinaw Campus (5400 Mackinaw Road) in the lower level conference room from 6 to 7 pm on Wednesday March 11, Wednesday June 24, Wednesday September 9, and Wednesday December 9th.
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a measure of body weight relative to height. BMI can be used to determine if people are at a healthy weight, overweight or obese. Calculate your BMI.
American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery
The Obesity Society
Shape Up America!
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Obesity Action Coalition
Bariatric Support Centers International
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