Obesity has quickly become one of America’s most pressing health concerns. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has estimated that roughly a third of adults and 17 percent of children in the United States are obese. The rate of obesity in Redding, California and other places throughout America is substantially higher than it was only a few decades ago. Medical research has yet to definitively identify the exact, causal reasons for the phenomenon, but some factors have been repeatedly associated with the eventual appearance of obesity: the bacterial profile in a person’s intestines, sedentary lifestyle, emotional eating, sleep problems, high-calorie diet, genetic factors, certain medications, and a number of others.
Steps To Treat Obesity
However, regardless of the cause, untreated obesity may lead to similar outcomes. Obese people may eventually be diagnosed with GERD, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, and various other serious and costly conditions, many of which are among the leading causes of preventable death.
The good news is that, as mentioned, many of these are preventable, and if they have already developed, treatable with bariatric surgery; procedures available in Redding include the Lap Band and gastric bypass. Other surgeries may also be options for you, but these are performed with the greatest frequency. To find out if you meet the criteria for surgical treatment for obesity, consult your Redding primary care doctor or call a nearby medical center for a referral to a board-certified bariatric surgeon. Some facilities to try include Shasta Regional Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center, and local private practices.