Obesity and weight loss surgery

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Today, more than one-third of Americans are obese. This includes more than 13 percent of children and teens, who are likely to become obese adults.

Being obese means having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Having that much extra body fat raises your risk for serious health problems related to obesity, including:

  • type 2 diabetes
  • heart disease
  • high blood pressure
  • arthritis
  • sleep apnea
  • stroke
  • back and joint problems

If you already have these conditions, obesity makes it much harder to keep them under control.

Small steps to big change

When you're ready to make a change, we can help you do it in a healthy way.

It's important to lose weight with gradual lifestyle changes. Make a plan by setting small goals, then slowly working toward larger ones.

Four steps to creating a plan you can stick with.

Are medications or surgery right for you?

For some people, medical solutions are the best choice for overcoming obesity. Some options include:

If you've had weight loss surgery and need support, find additional resources at a support group or health class near you. The Obesity SocietyKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites. and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery websiteKaiser Permanente is not responsible for the content or policies of external Internet sites. are good places to read about medications ans surgery.

Get more support to reach your goals.

Reviewed by: Adam Tsai, MD, Robert Riewerts, MD and Trina Histon, PhD, March 2016
Additional Kaiser Permanente reviewers

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