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The Obesity Epidemic: A rapidly expanding problem

  • One in five deaths is linked to obesity in the United States

  • Since 1960, adult obesity has more than doubled

  • Obesity has a higher mortality rate than both vascular disease and cancer

  • According to the National Institutes of Health, obesity is the second leading cause of death in the United States, second only to tobacco


Prevalence* of Self-Reported Obesity Among U.S. Adults by State and Territory, BRFSS, 2011-2013


 Click here to learn more about the CDC's 2011-2013 State Adult Obesity Prevalence maps. 


What is BMI?

Body Mass Index (BMI) is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. What's my BMI?


Treating Obesity

Most of the harmful health consequences of severe obesity are reversible with weight loss.


Difficulty with Diets Alone

  • Genetics plays a large role

  • Hunger hormones are present to keep our weight at a certain point

  • Diets for the most part are short term and only touch the surface on the changes needed to be made in our central nervous system to lower our hunger and “set point”


Laparoscopic Bariatric Surgery Treatment

At Sparrow, in addition to our weight management programs, we offer two laparoscopic surgical treatment options, Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en Y bypass. 

Vertical sleeve gastrectomy

  • Restrictive with added benefit of removing hunger hormones

  • Significant improvement in diabetes control

  • Weight loss occurs for 18-24 months after surgery

  • Weight loss is similar to Roux-en Y procedure


Roux-en Y gastric bypass

  • A great choice for poorly-controlled insulin-dependent diabetics or severe Reflux/Heartburn

  • Weight loss occurs for 18-24 months after surgery

As a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, Sparrow Patients have access to learn more through the Mayo Clinic Health Library.