America’s obesity epidemic has hit new highs. Seven out of 10 adults, or about 38% of our population, are overweight or obese. Obesity is a major risk factor for serious medical conditions including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, cancer and joint disease. It is estimated that obesity accounts for 85% of the total cost of treating type 2 diabetes and 45% of the cost of treating high blood pressure. In 2016, the International Federation and the American Society for Metabolic Surgery changed their guidelines and now recommend bariatric or metabolic surgery as a diabetes treatment.
Morbid obesity has become the second leading cause of preventable death in the U.S., after smoking. States in the Southern U.S. have the highest obesity rates in the country. Over 400,000 deaths are attributed to obesity every year.
There are several options available to help you get healthy and lose weight. Dr. Leithead offers free monthly seminars where you can speak one on one with him about your health concerns.