Increasing Obesity in American Women
Obesity is an American epidemic, sweeping through our cities and towns like brush-fire through the plains.
Over the last 10 years’ obesity in American women has grown to record numbers. New research released by the Journal of the American Medical Association, performed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shows that between 2013 and 2014 about 40% of women were found to be obese. While the numbers for men are still high at 35% of men being obese, they have plateaued since 2012 without an increase. Overall the obesity rate among American adults sits at 38%, with 8% of that being severely obese. Almost 10% of American women are severely obese, compared to 5.5% of American men.
These numbers should cause worry in even the most even-keeled American, we are beginning to see the direct results of our sedentary lives and the decline in active lifestyles amongst Americans. Further exasperating the impact of these rising obesity numbers are the rates of obesity and obesity-related diseases in American teenagers and children. In data collected within 2011-2014, 17% of American teenagers were found to be obese, with 5.8% of that having severe obesity according to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Raul J. Rosenthal, the president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) stated that,
“Obesity remains the number one public health threat in America, new treatment strategies are required. We cannot continue to do the same things and expect different results.”
If we continue to throw the same old prescriptions and ineffective treatments options at patients suffering from this disease, we stand no chance at making a real change for the better of us all. Jody W. Zylke, MD deputy editor, and Howard Bauchner, editor-in-chief for the Journal of the American Medical Association released a statement, stating the importance of progressive treatments for obesity in the face of this “unrelenting challenge of obesity”. Both Zylke and Bauchner rely that “Numerous foundations, industries, professional societies, and governmental agencies have provided hundreds of millions of dollars in funding to support basic science research in obesity, clinical trials and observational studies, development of new drugs and devices, and hospital and community programs to stem the tide of the obesity epidemic.” Despite this, the latest data “certainly do not suggest much success.”
Our team at Advanced Surgical recognizes the need for a change in the way patients treat their obesity. Bariatric surgery is a proven means of seriously reducing the risks associated with obesity as well as a clinically-researched way to reduce the impact that obesity holds over our patients lives. Head surgeon at Advanced Surgical, Dr. Sadek related, stating,
“We need to embrace the successes these progressive surgical procedures have shown to provide. With the consistent stream of advertisements for processed junk food, and the lazy lifestyle our culture has adopted, it is imperative to address the issue of obesity in an effectual way.”
If you are suffering from obesity, it’s of the utmost importance that you seek the most effective and progressive treatment options available to you. At Advanced Surgical and Bariatrics, we consider all the options during your consultation, and help create a customized weight loss plan to help you along your journey to a healthier life! Call us or visit us on the web to set up your consultation and see just how far Advanced Surgical can help you along the way!