Jorge L. Rincon, MD, FACS
General Surgeon located in San Antonio, TX
Obesity is a major health epidemic, and an estimated 97 million Americans are overweight or obese. Of these, 11 million suffer from severe obesity. Carrying too much weight puts you at risk for chronic diseases that could be prevented by achieving a healthy weight. At Rincon Surgery, Dr. Jorge Rincon offers lifestyle strategies that can help you manage and lose weight– especially if it is posing serious health risks. Adults who live in San Antonio or the surrounding areas can call the office or book an appointment online to find out about options for weight loss.
Weight Loss Management Q & A
What are the consequences of being obese?
The American Obesity Association reports that obese individuals have a 50-100% increased risk of death as compared to normal weight individuals. This substantial increase in health risks has made obesity the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States. In addition to the possibility of a shorter life expectancy, other complications of obesity include:
- Increased risk of chronic disease, including heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes
- Gallbladder problems
- Digestive disorders
- Joint problems
- Sleep apnea
- Fertility problems and pregnancy complications
Obese individuals may also suffer from psychological issues, such as depression and negative self-image. Obesity can make personal hygiene, public transportation, and even walking difficult.
What causes obesity?
Poor diet and bad exercise habits contribute to obesity. But how your body turns food into energy also affects your size. Your surroundings, psychological state, and genetics all influence how and why you gain weight.
Are there nonsurgical treatments for obesity?
Crash diets or extreme diets for weight loss may be more harmful than good. Weight is usually quickly regained and extra weight often added, resulting in an unhealthy yo-yo pattern that can compound health and psychological problems. Where surgery may be beneficial for some individuals, teaching healthy lifestyle changes such as eating smarter, moving more, getting enough sleep and managing stress will impact your physical health greatly in the long run. Whether you have a surgical procedure, which is a tool in your weight loss journey, these healthy lifestyle changes are what is needed for long term successful either way.