The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that more than a third of American adults—and more than 25 percent of adults in New Hampshire—are obese.
What Is Obesity?
Obesity, by definition, means your body mass index (BMI) is 30 or higher, which usually means you are 20 percent or more over ideal body weight. Morbid obesity is defined as having a BMI of 40 or higher and typically means that you are 100 pounds or more overweight. 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
- Reflux disease
- Skin infections
- 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.
Do I Qualify?
You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you:
- Are at least 18 years old
- Are more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
- Have a BMI over 40
- Have a BMI over 35-39 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
Patients who come to the weight loss program at Portsmouth are tested for a range of health concerns—liver and kidney function, diabetes, stomach ulcers, gallbladder problems, hypertension and other issues. Beyond this, they receive psychological assessments and are educated about behavior modification, physical therapy and nutrition. Patients proceeding with the program are required to lose a percent of their body weight through diet and exercise.
Conditions that preclude weight loss surgery include alcoholism and other substance abuse problems, impaired liver function and similar conditions, treatable hormonal causes of obesity, serious psychological illness and pregnancy.
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.
Knowing where you stand may give you the courage to take the first step.
Attend an Information Session
Your first step in determining whether bariatric surgery is right for you is attending one of our free weight loss information seminars, designed to provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision about weight loss surgery.