Sunday, December 7, 2008

What is morbid obesity?

In order to qualify for gastric bypass surgery you have to be morbidly obese. There is a very specific definition to what this means. "Morbid obesity—sometimes called "clinically severe obesity"—is defined as being 100 lbs. or more over ideal body weight or having a Body Mass Index(BMI)of 40 or higher." In the United States there are 5-10 million people who are considered to be morbidly obese.

The numbers that are shown through this website are staggering. The fact that nearly 1/3 of all American adults are considered to be morbidly obese shows the proportions of this problem. We, as a nation, cannot continue along this path. Something needs to be done now in order to solve it. I'm not saying that every one of these people should get gastric bypass surgery, but I am saying that many of these people would look at it as a strong option, but are unable to obtain the surgery because of a lack of ability to pay for it.

The information used in this post was found on this site

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