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    obesity Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may have an adverse effect on health, leading to reduced life expectancy.

    Body mass index  (BMI),  is used to define a person as overweight, when their BMI is between 25 kg/m2 and 30 kg/m2 and obese when it is greater than 30 kg/m2. Obesity is associated with many diseases, particularly heart disease, type 2 diabetes, breathing difficulties during sleep, certain types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.

    Obesity is most commonly caused by a combination of excessive dietary calories, and lack of physical activity. In a limited number of cases obesity is due to genetics, medical reasons or psychiatric illness. Obesity is a leading preventable cause of death worldwide. The primary treatment for obesity is dieting and physical exercise.

    However, only 10% of patients with severe obesity are able to loose weight using drugs, going on diets or doing exercise. A 90% will not succeed, and if they lose weight they are probably regain it in a short period of time. Weight loss surgery, also called Bariatric surgery is commonly one of the better alternatives in controlling severe obesity. In Guatemala weight loss surgery – with highly qualified Bariatric Specialist MDs who need to be Board certified – is half of what it costs in the U.S.  Contact us for a free quote.

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