Obesity is among the most pervasive chronic diseases and a leading cause of mortality, morbidity, disability, and rising healthcare costs in the U.S. today. Obesity is defined as an excess of adipose tissue (loose, connective body tissue that stores energy as fat). A person is considered obese when the quantity of accumulated body will likely have a negative effect on overall health.
Obesity is a complex disease involving genetic, environmental, physiological, and emotional factors. When a person cannot lose weight through diet or exercise or when obesity is causing serious health problems, medical help is available in the form of bariatric surgery – also known as weight loss surgery.
Vadim Gritsus, M.D. is a New Jersey general surgeon with many years of experience who focuses in this type of surgery. He is a recognized leader in the field who believes in providing a nurturing, supportive environment for his bariatric surgery patients.
How Is Obesity Measured?
There are different methods to determine obesity, but the two most commonly used indicators are body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference.
Use the calculator and table below to determine your BMI. After you input your height and weight, the calculator will give you the BMI number. The accompanying chart will give you the weight category to which you belong. These BMI categories apply to both men and women.
|BMI Range||Official Designation|
|18.5 – 24.9||Ideal weight|
|25 – 29.9||Overweight|
|30 – 34.9||Obese|
|35 – 39.9||Severely Obese|
|40 – 49.9||Morbidly Obese|
Waist circumference is determined by using a tape measure to find the circumference of your waist -- the area below your rib cage and above your hip bones. There is no chart for use in classifying ranges with this method. A waist circumference is considered unhealthy if it is 35 inches or more in a woman or 40 inches or more in a man.
What Can Be Done About Obesity?
Treatment for obesity varies, depending on the person, but the earlier you address the problem, the greater your chances of success. It is important to talk to your doctor about your weight issues and get professional assistance in deciding what type of treatment is best for you.
Actions that may contribute to weight loss include:
- Improving eating habits
- Increasing physical activity
- Educating yourself on the body and nutrition
- Setting realistic goals for weight management
- Engaging in a physician-supervised weight loss program
Weight Loss Surgery in New Jersey
For some individuals with extreme obesity, weight loss surgery may be the best treatment option. Bariatric surgical procedures are being increasingly recommended for patients who are suffering from excessive weight and/or have weight-related health problems, such as diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure and other dangerous conditions.
The decision to have weight loss surgery should only be made after careful consideration and consultation with your physician or an experienced bariatric surgeon. If you are looking for a solution to obesity, call our office for a consultation. Dr. Gritsus is a skilled bariatric surgeon who can help you determine if weight loss surgery is the best treatment for you.