Men’s Health Topic: Obesity in Men and Weight Loss Options

Men's Health Topic - Obesity in Men and Weight Loss Options

As we continue to understand the unique health challenges faced by many Americans, more attention is being paid to men’s health awareness. Men’s Health Month is celebrated each summer with the goal of encouraging men to actively promote healthy lifestyles and see their doctors about health concerns, while also building awareness of health problems that disproportionately face men such as prostate cancer, sexual health, heart disease, and obesity.

Right now, obesity is an epidemic in America, and it’s one that we take very seriously here at Blue Valley Healthcare. Obesity and its comorbidities, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea, arthritis, and other conditions can greatly diminish the quality of life enjoyed by men and women alike.

While the precise statistics surrounding obesity in America remain difficult to pin down, what is known is that obesity in men has doubled in the last 25 years. According to information from the American Medical Association, more than 70% of American men are considered overweight, while over 30% are considered obese. While obesity has many causes, including genetic predispositions and more, most experts in the field agree that for many, exercise and food choices have a substantial impact on America’s growing obesity epidemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the estimated cost of obesity in the United States is nearly $150 billion per year in medical expenses alone, while an obese individual spends an average of $1500 more per year on medical bills than a person of normal weight. But the cost of obesity can be measured in quality of life, as well as in dollars. Obesity in men has been linked to an increased risk for pulmonary disease, cancer, liver disease, gout, osteoarthritis, gallbladder disease, and stroke, to name a few.

The good news is that most experts believe that our current obesity epidemic is reversible and treatable, and every day men (and women) are becoming better educated not only about the risks associated with obesity, but also about food, nutrition, and healthy exercise. And many are choosing to take steps to protect their health and their quality of life rather than suffer from obesity and its comorbidities. However, while changes to lifestyle and diet are important steps for many, not all obese individuals can control their weight through diet and exercise alone. For those individuals, surgical weight loss may be another option.

Blue Valley Healthcare has been helping individuals lose weight and enjoy a better quality of life for years, with six surgical weight loss clinics in Kansas City, Columbia, St. Louis, and Springfield, MO. While some people come to Blue Valley Healthcare looking primarily for weight reduction, surgical weight loss can offer many other advantages to those who benefit from the procedure, including a decrease in the likelihood of other health concerns related to obesity in men and women. Many of our weight loss patients say that we have given their lives back to them—lives that they can now spend with family and loved ones, and that’s the greatest benefit of all.

To learn more about surgical weight loss and whether it is right for you, contact Blue Valley Healthcare today. As a Medicare and Missouri Medicaid provider, we are able to quickly and efficiently help our patients find the weight loss or other healthcare solution that’s right for them.

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