Obesity and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

With obesity at epidemic proportions in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration has approved a number of devices to assist people in shedding pounds. These devices are meant to not only promote weight loss, but also to help prevent serious complications that may arise from the condition. Diabetes, heart disease, some forms of cancer and a host of other issues are all linked to obesity. Choosing to use medically approved weight loss devices to promote shedding of pounds can produce the desired results, but there are some things people need to know about them and obesity in general.

Here are a few facts the FDA is trying to share with people about obesity and weight loss devices:

People who are obese do not stand alone – It is estimated about 68 percent of all adults are considered overweight. An estimated 36 percent of them are obese.
• Devices and surgery are not the first steps – The FDA stresses the best path to weight loss begins with diet and exercise. Should these two healthy choices not have an impact, then devices, surgery and medications should be considered. It is important to remember that medical interventions may have side effects and the potential for complications. Surgeries meant to address obesity, for example are generally invasive.
• Approved devices may make a difference – The FDA has approved a number of devices meant to promote healthy weight loss. They include gastric bands, gastric balloons and the gastric emptying system. Each device approved does require careful monitoring by a healthcare provider.
• Losing weight can be critical for health – Whether devices are indicated or not, people who are overweight or obese are urged to take steps to gain a healthy weight. Doing so can reduce risks for such serious health complications as diabetes, cancer and heart disease, among others.

Obesity is a serious problem in the United States. People will find their doctors have serious solutions that may enable them to shed pounds and keep them off once and for all.


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