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Causes of Obesity and How Bariatric Surgery Can Help

Overweight woman measuring waistlineAs one of the leading worldwide health problems, obesity has been linked with a number of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, and even dementia. Those within a healthy weight range that have been diagnosed with any of the above conditions are considered to have a serious problem, but when you combine obesity with these health issues, it can be life-threatening. According to the World Health Organization, obesity has more than doubled worldwide since 1980, and it is responsible for the deaths of nearly three million people each year.

So what causes obesity and is it preventable? The causes of obesity can be the result of something as simple as overeating, or be linked to a medical condition or medication. Obesity is, however, preventable. If diet and exercise have failed to produce the necessary results, our surgeons at Tijuana Bariatric Center offer a variety of bariatric surgeries to help patients achieve their weight loss goals and improve their health. Our Tijuana, Mexico practice offers medical tourism packages for patients living outside of Mexico.

Common Causes of Obesity

The following are some of the leading causes of obesity:

  • Genetics: If you have a family history of obesity in your family, you have a greater chance of struggling with weight fluctuations.
  • Medications: Many pharmaceutical drugs taken to treat diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, epilepsy, allergies, and inflammation can cause weight gain.
  • Diseases: Certain medical conditions and diseases, such as hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome, insulin resistance, and leptin resistance can cause gradual weight gain.
  • Poor Diet and Exercise: People who fail to eat a healthy, nutritious diet and exercise regularly have a tendency to struggle with their weight.
  • Stress and Emotional Factors: People in stressful work or home environments, or who have experienced a traumatic life experience may cope by overeating. Stress can also hinder the body’s ability to lose weight properly.
  • Lack of Sleep: People who fail to get adequate sleep each night tend to struggle with steady weight gain.

How Bariatric Surgery Can Help

Bariatric surgery alters your body’s ability to consume and digest food, allowing you to quickly and efficiently lose weight. This procedure should not be viewed as a quick fix, but a way to improve your overall health. By conditioning your body to eat smaller, more nutritious meals, you can change your lifestyle and approach to eating. At Tijuana Bariatric Surgery, we offer several different types of weight loss surgeries, including gastric sleeve surgery, gastric bypass surgery, the LAP-BAND® system, and a host of others. The type chosen will depend on your current health status and goals.

Many patients who lose weight and stick with the new way of eating are able to achieve a stable, healthy weight, while also reducing the medical conditions caused by obesity. Bariatric surgery has been known to cure:

  • Sleep apnea, thus improving sleep
  • High blood pressure, thus reducing the risk for heart attack and stroke
  • Arthritis, allowing you to exercise freely without discomfort
  • Type 2 diabetes

Contact Us

If you are overweight and struggling with finding a successful method for improving your quality of life, you may benefit greatly from bariatric surgery. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today online or call (800) 970-0577 to talk with one of our representatives. Bariatric surgery could help save your life.

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