In medical terminology, the word “morbid” simply means, “unhealthy or relating to disease”. Therefore, Morbid Obesity essentially means “overweight to an unhealthy degree”. Severe or Morbid Obesity is detrimental to health because once the body’s total stored fat reaches a certain point, the fat independently produces a variety of chemicals (called cytokines) and hormones that create a chronic inflammatory disease state within the body that has a detrimental effect on health and metabolism (the chemical processes that occur within the body to maintain life). In addition to these chemical and hormonal effects, the weight of the stored fat has direct and indirect pressure effects throughout the body. All these obesity-related disorders are referred to as Comorbidities and are listed below. Severe Obesity also increases your risk of certain cancers (breast, ovarian, uterine,prostate, colon) and decreases your average life expectancy by 5-20 years depending on your race and gender.

There are 30 different Comorbidities that are known to be associated with Severe Obesity:

  • Type II Diabetes
  • Pre-Diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Dyslipidemia
  • High Cholesterol or High Triglycerides
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Asthma
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Right Heart Failure
  • GERD (Acid Reflux)
  • Gallstones
  • Fatty Liver
  • Umbilical Hernia
  • Bladder Incontinence (Poor Control)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Ankle Edema (Swelling)
  • Gout
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irregular Menses
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Female Infertility
  • Male Infertility, Impotence, Decreased Sex Drive
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic Headaches (non-migraine)
  • Migraines
  • Pseudotumor Cerebri (a type of headache due to obesity)
  • Peripheral Vein Disease
  • Dermatitis

After weight loss, the detrimental chemicals and hormones produced by the excess fat and the pressure effects of the excess fat go away, resulting in improvement or complete resolution of your comorbidities caused by Severe Obesity.

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