According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 40 percent of American adults have some form of obesity. The obesity rate in American child is somewhere around 18.5 percent. With almost 4 in 10 members of the adult population well over their ideal BMI, that means that these individuals are at a much higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other conditions linked to excessive body weight.
These numbers help explain why so many people contact our Tijuana, Mexico practice about different types of bariatric surgery treatments. We’d like to go over some compelling obesity statistics, which will help you understand why more and more people are considering bariatric surgery.
Given the amount of people in the United States who are obese, there has been a rise in the number of people who undergo bariatric surgery,
Figures from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) estimate that there were 216,000 total bariatric procedures performed in the US in 2016. That’s part of a study upward trend over the last eight years; there were 196,000 bariatric procedures in 2015, 193,000 in 2014, 179,000 in 2013, 173,000 in 2012, and 158,000 in 2011.
Using the numbers from the ASMBS, we do note that certain bariatric procedures tend to be more popular than others. Here is a percentage breakdown of the three most popular bariatric procedures in 2016:
Looking at the ASMBS numbers from 2011 to 2016, the sleeve gastrectomy has increased immensely in popularity over time, while both gastric bypass and gastric banding have become less common during that same period of time.
In 2011, 36.7 percent of procedures were gastric bypass, 35.4 percent were gastric banding, and 17.8 percent were gastric sleeve.
These trends may have something to do with the simplicity and effectiveness of the gastric sleeve technique, and how it can be modified into more advanced bariatric procedures if needed by patients.
It’s estimated that 90 percent of all bariatric surgery patients experience a marked improvement with regard to their overall weight in the first years of the procedure. The average amount of weight loss can vary from procedure to procedure:
U.S. News and World Report noted a number of important health benefits associated with bariatric surgery:
Given these benefits, it’s no surprise that the number for bariatric surgery have been trending upward over the years.
For more information about weight loss surgery and whether or not you are an ideal candidate for treatment, be sure to contact an experienced bariatric surgeon. We look forward to your visit and discussing all of these matters in much greater detail.