According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults are morbidly obese. That is, anyone who is rounghly 100 pounds overweight; has a BMI or 40 or more; or is 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. In addition, certain medical conditions, like hypothyroidism, may result in obesity. Research has shown that, in many cases, an underlying cause of morbid obesity is genetic. In addition, studies have demonstrated that once the problem is established, dieting and exercising programs have limited long-term effect.

The multi-disciplinary team at the Hospital will create a personalized program for each patient that encompasses all aspects of weight loss, including nutrition and fitness, spiritual counseling and psychological guidance.


The weight loss experts Cleveland Clinic Indian River Hospital can help you determine if weight loss surgery is the right choice for you. Morbid obesity is a chronic disease, meaning that its symptoms build slowly over an extended period of time. An estimated 5-10 million Americans are considered morbidly obese.

Obesity becomes “morbid” when it reaches the point of significantly increasing the risk of one or more obesity-related health conditions or serious diseases (also known as co-morbidities) that can result either in significant physical disability or even death.

Signs of morbid obesity

You may be morbidly obese if you are overweight with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or higher with another high-risk medical condition such as:

  • Acid reflux disease
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke
  • Fatty liver disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Sleep apnea
  • Type 2 diabetes

Together, we provide the tools you need to have a healthier future. That means:

  • Increased energy
  • Lower blood pressure and joint pain
  • Improved blood glucose and cholesterol levels
  • Extending your life