Importance of weight loss surgeries
The first step to achieving your weight-loss goals is to learn about obesity, weight-loss and bariatric surgeries. In this section you will learn why weight-loss is important, why individuals choose weight-loss surgery, and how a weight-loss surgeon decides upon on the type of surgical procedure.
Why is weight loss surgery important?
The management of the obesity in Australia is a national priority. Nearly 2 in 3 Australian adults and 1 in 4 Australian children are overweight or obese. Obesity is defined as a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30+. It is based on weight, height, waist-measurement and gender. The more you weigh, the higher your BMI. You can calculate your BMI here.
Individuals with a high BMI have a lower quality of life. Excess weight increases the risk for cardiovascular disease, type 2 Diabetes, musculoskeletal conditions and cancers. Both moderate and severe obesity trims lifespans by years. In fact, morbid obesity (BMI 40+) cuts life spans by 5–20 years. Importantly, patients often feel better after getting their weight under control and resolving comorbidities.