The Skinny on Being Too Heavy
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The Skinny on Being Too Heavy

For a healthy diet, replace unhealthy and fattening foods with healthier alternatives, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.For a healthy diet, replace unhealthy and fattening foods with healthier alternatives, such as fresh fruits and vegetables.The more you weigh, the more you’re at risk for a host of health problems. 

If you’re overweight or obese, you have a greater risk of heart disease including coronary artery disease, heart failure, angina and an abnormal heartbeat. 

Being overweight can also elevate your blood pressure, which in obese men can heighten kidney cancer risk.

Obesity can raise your chances of suffering a stroke, developing insulin resistance which can lead to type 2 diabetes, and having digestive problems including gallstones, liver problems and acid reflux. Other health problems linked to obesity include arthritis, sleep apnea, infertility and asthma.

Severely obese people have a 30% greater risk of early death than healthy-weight individuals. Perhaps most disturbing, being obese also raises your risk of developing different types of cancer, including endometrial cancer, breast cancer after menopause, colorectal cancer, esophageal cancer and kidney cancer.  

When patients first visit TBHC's Weight Loss Center, they’ve usually already tried years of dieting but just haven’t been able to maintain a healthy weight. Still, our surgeons and clinical nutritionist work closely with patients to make sure lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise aren’t enough.

For those who can’t lose the weight through traditional methods, minimally invasive procedures can be lifesaving. Compared to conventional surgery, these procedures are often preferable because patients lose less blood and experience less trauma to healthy body tissues. They also recover faster, with less pain and fewer complications.

For more information, visit the Weight Loss Center online or call 1-855-348-8242.

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