Indian River Medical Center offers comprehensive care for the morbidly obese patient through all stages of weight loss – from pre-operative treatment to post-surgical strategies for maintaining health.
Today, more than one-third of adults are morbidly obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). That is, anyone who is roughly 100 pounds overweight, has a BMI or 40 or more, or roughly 75 pounds overweight with a BMI of 35 or more and experiencing other weight-related conditions such as hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and/or high cholesterol.
Obesity isn’t simply a result of overeating. There are many contributing factors such as genetics, hereditary, environmental, metabolic, and eating disorders. Certain medical conditions, like hypothyroidism, may result in obesity. Research has shown that in many cases an underlying cause of morbid obesity is genetic. Studies have demonstrated that once the problem is established, dieting and exercising programs have limited long-term effect.
The multi-disciplinary team at Treasure Coast Bariatric at IRMC, will create a personalized program for each patient that encompasses all aspects of weight loss, including nutrition and fitness, spiritual counseling, and psychological guidance.