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"Obesity increases health risks because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among others."

Abrazo Arrowhead Campus is holding a surgical weight-loss informational seminar at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Abrazo Arrowhead Campus Physician Plaza Palo Verde Room, 18699 N. 67th Avenue, Glendale.

The speaker is Dr. William Arnold, a bariatric surgeon.

Obesity increases health risks because of the diseases and conditions that are commonly associated with it, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, among others. 

According to the National Institutes of Health, rates of obesity are continuing an upward trend:

• Almost 3 in 4 men (73.7%) were considered to be overweight or have obesity.

• About 2 in 3 women (66.9%) were considered to be overweight or have obesity.

• Obesity was higher in women (about 40%) than men (35%).

• Extreme obesity was higher in women (9.9%) than men (5.5%).

 Abrazo and other healthcare organizations note that when diet, exercise and medications have failed, it may be time to consider weight-loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery.

Weight-loss surgery may provide effective, lasting relief from severe obesity for appropriate patients, according to Yolanda Farmer, regional director of bariatric and general surgery at Abrazo Health. 

“Weight-loss surgery is designed to help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, and it can help alleviate many other obesity-related conditions like heart disease, diabetes, sleep apnea, depression and more,” said Farmer.

Weight-loss surgery is considered safe, but like any surgery, it does have risks, notes Farmer. “Those who are considering surgical weight-loss are encouraged to consult with their personal physician about the risks and benefits,” she said.

The National Institutes of Health, as well as the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery also recommend that surgery be performed by a board-certified surgeon with specialized experience/training in bariatric and metabolic surgery, and at a center that has a multidisciplinary team of experts for follow-up care.

Abrazo Health offers bariatric weight-loss programs serving the Valley and beyond with compassionate weight-loss team members and bariatric physicians who offer personalized weight-loss wellness plans.

For more information about surgical weight-loss procedures, information seminars, support groups and more, visit AbrazoHealth.com.