NEA Baptist Clinic


Understanding Obesity

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) consensus report and numerous other scientific reports, morbid or clinically severe obesity is a serious disease and must be treated as such. Perhaps no other medical condition has been more misunderstood. Genetic factors clearly play a role in this disease. Many obese people do not seem to need as many calories to maintain weight as non-obese people do.

In the 1991 Consensus Report of the (NIH) the following conclusions were presented:

Clinically severe obesity is defined as:
• Weight in excess of 100 pounds over the ideal calculated weight or Body Mass Index of approximately 40
• Somewhat less than 100 pounds if there is a serious associated condition
• Success in most cases of non-surgical treatment is only temporary
• Most patients with clinically severe obesity have an organic, genetically based disease
• Clinically severe obesity results in mortality rate greater than that of the general population in the same age group
• Clinically severe obesity results in many serious medical, psychological, social and economic problems
• Dietary regimens fail to provide long-term weight control in severely obese patients

People who are at least 100 pounds over their ideal body weight suffer severe health risks, not to mention discrimination, ridicule and misunderstanding.

To be eligible for weight loss surgery for obesity you must:
  • Be willing to cooperate with the follow-up program
  • Have no emotional or medical problems which would make surgery unsuccessful
  • Have no glandular cause for your obesity including hypothyroidism or hyperadrenalism (these are very rare)
Please understand that we consider surgical treatment to be a very serious undertaking and should be considered only after other conservative methods have failed. You must weigh the risks of the operation against the risks associated with remaining massively obese. We make a long-term commitment to our patients, and in turn, expect that they make a long term commitment to their health and this program. You must understand that the surgery is only a part of the total treatment for obesity

Dangers of Obesity

Definition of Obesity