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Being trim and slim is a desired wish that many people would like to be fulfilled.  The term “obese” resonates with millions of people who struggle with excess weight and have lost the battle with diet and exercise.

African-American women have the highest rates of being overweight or obese. According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, four out of five African-American women are overweight or obese compared to other groups in the United States.  Other studies showed there was a greater prevalence of obesity for African-Americans in the South and Midwest than in the Northeast and West regions. Individuals who are searching for alternative options to lose the weight and save their ways can inquire about surgery. Bariatric weight loss surgery is not a quick fix procedure. Weight loss surgery is a major decision that requires serious thought.  Although surgery isn’t for everyone, the success rate for the chosen procedure is an optimistic option for men and women who desire to change their lifestyle for the rest of their lives.    There are risks and a life long commitment that will change your life forever.

The two most common procedures known for weight loss surgery are:

Gastric Banding-is a restrictive operation and there are two broad classifications of gastric bands: non-adjustable and adjustable. Adjustable gastric bands are most commonly used.

Gastric Bypass– is a combination of a restrictive procedure; the stomach is stapled in a very small pouch about the size of an egg or less is created. And then a portion of the small intestine is bypassed so a portion of the small intestine is not involved in digestion.

PROS

Improved Quality of Life       Weight Loss

CONS

Nausea                        Vomiting         Blood Clotting                        Heart Attack   Death

Ailments that some individuals acquire while heavier

Sleep apnea     Diabetes          Arthritis           High Blood Pressure

Aliments improve and sometimes disappear.

Each person is different and results vary.  Taking time to investigate the pros and cons of each weight loss procedure is imperative. When weight loss surgery becomes an option for you, assess all options before moving forward. The decision you make is a life long choice that will change you forever.

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