According to the Lansing State Journal, over the last 30 years, obesity has become the most prevalent disease in the world, and more people suffer from the health effects of obesity than from any other disease.

The reason I'm writing this post is because one of my friends, who weighed just over 400 pounds, had surgery to help him lose major weight.

My friend tried dieting so many times and then realized it was time for the professionals to step in and help him with his obesity. His weight these days is around 190 pounds!

Morbid obesity, which is typically defined as having a BMI of 35 or higher, is a result of neurochemical changes that occur after a person gains a substantial amount of weight.

As a result of these chemical changes, diets are often unsuccessful for patients with morbid obesity and surgical intervention has been shown to be the most effective treatment option. (LSJ)

Something changes or develops in someone's life that drives them to take the next step to getting better. Most of the time it's that they can no longer do something they enjoy.

The first step to getting long lasting help is meeting with your primary care provider to discuss healthy lifestyles and explore weight loss options.

If it's determined that seeing a bariatric specialist is your next step, your primary care physician can refer you to the McLaren Greater Lansing bariatric program.

Weight loss surgery has become safer in the United States than gallbladder removal, hysterectomy or even joint replacement. It is one of the safest procedures that is performed. (LSJ)

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