Latest federal data shows 6% increase in obesity

 

Obesity is a grave public health threat and is still on the rise in the USA. Obesity is defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, and severe obesity is defined as a BMI of 40 or more. In 1985, no state had an obesity rate higher than 15%. In 2016, five states had rates over 35%.

Obesity is comparable to cigarette smoking as a public health hazard; smoking kills one of five Americans and is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Obese people are much more likely to get cancer or suffer heart disease.

Related healthcare areas to this phenomenon are medical obesity treatment and bariatric surgery.

An increasing number of Americans seek obesity treatment and/or surgery overseas, mainly in Latin American and South American countries. But the downside is that there is an increasing number of reports about problems for some American customers.  Recent American research also suggests that for those with severe obesity, bariatric surgery has a higher risk of complications than medical obesity treatment.

What has not yet been compared are the risks of obesity surgery and/or medical treatment in the US versus the risk in any of the countries that medical tourists go to. Simplistically, those going overseas could be people who have tried solutions in the US, so are more desperate to look overseas.

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