Obesity rates in America continue to climb. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 34 percent of Americans ages 20 and older were obese, and 34 percent of Americans ages 20 and older were overweight, in 2007-2008. Weight disorders not only impact lifestyle but can also lead to lower self-esteem, depression, discomfort in social situations, and diminished quality of life. Weight disorders also increase a person’s risk for developing serious obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, and polycystic ovary syndrome.Losing weight can be one of the most difficult challenges a person can face, and is different for everyone. At Lahey, we understand that. That’s why our program offers surgical weight loss options for our patients.Lahey’s Surgical Weight Loss Center offers patients a multidisciplinary team approach to their treatment. The program works with specialists in nutrition, psychology and social work to provide patients with the most comprehensive weight loss experience possible, giving each patient better odds of a successful and maintainable outcome. Because we are part of Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s healthcare system, our patients have access to specialists who treat a full range of obesity-related illnesses, such as endocrinologists, pulmonologists and cardiologists. This approach to care ensures that our physicians and other health care providers are collaborating in order to give our patients the best care possible.
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