According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) more than one third of all Americans are obese. The percentage of young people who are obese has more than tripled since 1980.
And a growing number of Americans are becoming morbidly obese, which is often defined as being 100 or more pounds above ideal weight or having a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), morbid obesity is a chronic disease. This means morbid obesity symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time. At that point, your weight poses real health risks. Each year, more than 300,000 deaths are directly attributed to obesity.
If you are more than 100 pounds overweight, bariatric surgery may be an appropriate weight loss option if traditional options, such as diet and exercise, have failed.
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery estimates that 175,000 to 200,000 weight-loss procedures will be performed this year. Insurance often pays for weight loss surgery.