What is Morbid Obesity?

Morbid Obesity

Morbid obesity is a condition in which someone is more than 100 pounds over their ideal body weight. Another definition is one who has a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40 (Click here to measure your BMI). According to the American Obesity Association, this condition currently afflicts over 9 million people in the U.S. As a result of the health problems this results in, many people seek surgery for morbid obesity.


While there are several factors that cause one to be overweight, there is a stronger genetic correlation with morbid obesity. Amongst adult candidates for bariatric surgery, about 85% had elements in their history to suggest a genetic predisposition.

Other factors that contribute to obesity are environmental, metabolic, and eating disorders. Environmental influences include fast food diets and the sedentary lifestyle that is becoming increasingly prevalent in modern society. Metabolic rates influence the speed at which one uses calories and therefore influence the ability to lose weight. There are theories that suggest when one ingests less calories the body compensates and reduces the speed at which calories are consumed, thus making it difficult to lose weight through dieting.

Chronic Condition
According to the National Institute of Health, morbid obesity is a serious chronic condition that builds slowly over time. While factors such as diet and exercise do contribute to it’s rise, studies have shown that once this problem sets in exercise and diet have limited long-term affect in these patients. To avoid the negative consequences to one’s health, surgery for morbid obesity is the typical recommendation.

Health Effects
The degree to which one is overweight will increase the risk to one’s health. As morbid obesity is by definition the extreme section of the obese population, this group of people is at higher risk of health problems. Potential issues include diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis, asthma, sleep apnea, as well as increased incidence of risk for cancer and the relative risk of death from obesity related illness. For those who have chosen to battle to downward spiral and health afflictions, many consider surgery for morbid obesity as a quality option.

Options in Surgery for Morbid Obesity
Bariatric (or weight loss) surgery is a typical treatment for morbid obesity. Potential options in surgery for morbid obesity include the gastric bypass, lap band surgery, as well as other techniques. Consult with one of our specialists to see if bariatric surgery can open a doorway to happiness and long-life.


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