The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 31 percent of American adults (more than 63 million)–and 20 to 25 percent of Virginian adults–are obese. Bariatric surgery (or more commonly called weight loss surgery) is one solution for combating the ill effects of obesity. Our Northern Virginia bariatric surgeons can explain the many options (such as gastric bypass surgery) that can lead to better health.
What is Obesity?
Obesity, by definition, means your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher, which usually means you are 100 pounds or more over ideal body weight. Morbid obesity is defined as having a BMI of 40 or higher. As the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, obesity poses a major public health challenge.
Excess weight substantially raises the risk of:
- Dyslipidemia (abnormal concentrations of lipids in the blood)
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- Gallbladder disease
- Sleep apnea
- Respiratory problems
- Endometrial, breast, prostate and colon cancers
Significant weight loss can decrease the odds of developing one or more of these conditions. Learn more about the causes, risk factors and complications of obesity.
Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery at Reston Hospital Center?
You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Have a BMI over 40
- Have a BMI over 30 and have one or more serious health conditions related to morbid obesity
- Are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even with medically supervised dieting
Knowing where you stand may give you the courage to take the first step.
Healthy Living Calculators
Use our healthy living calculators to determine your BMI, ideal body weight and other health measures, based on national standards. Remember that all health situations are different and a healthcare professional can more accurately determine your individual health status.
Free Information Sessions
We offer regular information sessions on weight loss surgery, gastric bypass surgery, or bariatric surgery for anyone considering weight loss surgery. Dr. Matthew Fitzer explains the surgical options available and the benefits of each at a free session at our weight loss clinic in Northern Virginia.
The sessions are free but reservations are required. View dates and register online for an upcoming session or call 877.689.DOCS (3627).