Obesity is defined as having a body weight that is 20% or more above your ideal weight. Carrying excess body fat can have many negative effects on your health, putting you at risk for over 30 serious medical conditions. Studies have linked obesity with increased rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and heart failure, high blood pressure, gout, infertility, and sleep apnea. Carrying excess weight can place increased pressure on your bones and joints, causing stiffness, mobility problems, and worsening arthritis symptoms. Obesity can also increase your risk for many cancers, including breast cancer. Being obese may affect your energy levels, making it difficult to maintain energy throughout the day. Excess body weight can also negatively affect your mental health, leading to poor self-confidence and depression.
If you have not had success losing weight through diet and exercise, bariatric surgery could offer you a healthy weight loss option. You can learn more about your robotic bariatric surgery options at St. Petersburg General Hospital by calling (888) 741-5122 to speak with a registered nurse. Visit us on the web to find out more about all of our hospital’s healthcare programs