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Obesity Health Risks


Although surgical weight loss does carry a small set of risks, the health risks associated with remaining obese may outweigh the potential risks of a procedure.* The following is a list of a few of the health issues and diseases that can be brought on by obesity:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Male-related cancers (i.e. colon, rectum or prostate)
  • Female-related cancers (gallbladder, uterine, cervical or ovarian)
  • Dyslipidemia
  • High cholesterol
  • Osteoarthritis (especially on weight-bearing joints)
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Respiratory problems
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn
  • Infertility
  • Urinary stress incontinence
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Depression

The Cost of Obesity

In addition to putting your health at risk, obesity is costly. According to the Centers for Disease Control, “The medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.” For an adult living in the United States, where the average life expectancy is 78.74 years, that’s over $86,000 in extra health care costs over the course of a lifetime. While having bariatric surgery is a good choice for the health benefits alone, it also makes good financial sense for many obese adults.

Is Bariatric Surgery Right for You?

To learn more about your surgical weight loss options in Phoenix and Mesa, AZ, we invite you to register for a free weight loss seminar with the board-certified bariatric surgeons of The Bridges Center. If you are unable to attend a seminar, take an hour-long surgical weight loss webinar at a time that’s convenient for you. Select the link below to see the current weight loss seminar schedule:

Attend a Weight Loss Seminar or Webinar

*Please note: Results are not 100% guaranteed and may vary from one person to another.


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Please note: Results are not 100% guaranteed and may vary from one person to another.

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