Obesity and Bariatric Surgery Obesity is one of the top concerns that we are now facing with regards to the health aspect. More and more persons are obese according to statistics, there are 72 million obese persons in America alone and 18 million are classified in the morbid case of obesity.
Obesity is defined as persons who have Body Mass Index that is greater than 30. When a person is classified under the obese category are at high risk of acquiring diseases such as heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes mellitus and the like.
Obese persons are now turning to bariatric surgery or otherwise known as metabolic surgery which is a long lasting and effective treatment especially persons who are classified under the morbid obesity and the like.
Research Study on Race and Gender Affecting Weight Loss
There has been a recent research study done by Einstein healthcare Network in Philadelphia that conducted a study on persons who had undergo bariatric or metabolic surgery has been found out that the race and gender will affect the results of weight loss in a person.
Compared to female white counterparts, the African American males lost significant but lesser weight after the gastric bypass surgery or bariatric surgery. Significant factor that might contribute to such results includes the person having a high initial weight and older age.
In the study that was conducted, the average body mass index was 47.6 and the average age was 45 years old. In addition to that, statistics alone tells us that African American adults are considered to be the major bulk of persons who are classified under obese compared to other race.
The obese persons are equally the same in gender, for there are one third both male and female who are part of the obese group. Hence, the race is a major factor on weight loss compared to the gender.
Dr. Ramsey M. Dallal, a chief doctor of the bariatric or minimally invasive surgery at Einstein Healthcare network, says that health status improvement are considered to be consistent in all the groups according to research, yet, the weight loss of each person varies from one to another. Hence, further studies should be conducted to be able to determine why some persons appear to be resistant to losing weight than others.
Asmbs ASMBS stands for American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery which is considered to be an open organization for the bariatric surgeons all over the world. This is a non-profit kind of organization that deals with education of the lay persons as well as the medical professionals in terms of bariatric surgery as an option in morbid obese persons as well as the benefits and risk that one can get from such surgical procedure.
In addition to that, it also encourages the members to discover and investigate on the possible new medical technology in the field of bariatric surgery which can be helpful in the future to come.