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Obesity can place undue strain on the heart, bones and joints, and cause – or worsen – a number of health problems, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

When obesity becomes morbid obesity, the chances of developing weight-related problems (i.e., heart disease, uncontrolled diabetes, severe sleep apnea) significantly increase. Our team provides expert surgical options for weight loss and complete perioperative support.

Body Mass Index (BMI)

BMI is a body fat measurement based off the height and weight of an individual. To be considered obese, a patient will have a BMI of 30 or more. The standard weight categories associated with BMI ranges for adults are:

  • Underweight: Below 18.5
  • Normal weight: 18.5 to 24.9
  • Overweight: 25 to 29.9
  • Obese: 30 to 39.9
  • Extremely obese: 40 and above

Obesity Complications

Our multidisciplinary experts in surgery, weight management, cardiology, diet and nutrition, psychiatry and sleep disorders will offer you strategies and therapies to help you lose the weight and manage weight-related issues. If left untreated, obesity can cause many conditions including:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Insulin resistance/metabolic syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Gallstones
  • Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Cancer
  • Sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Decreased life expectancy

Bariatric Surgery May Be an Option

Medical journals are now recognizing bariatric surgery as the only treatment that is truly effective at causing substantial weight loss in most patients. You can explore that option with Jefferson's Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program.

Patients are presented with the benefits and drawbacks of gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy and guided in their choice of either treatment option. All patients undergo extensive evaluation by our multidisciplinary team to minimize risk.

To schedule an appointment with the Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Program, please call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669).

Managing Your Weight: Come to a Free Info Session

If you need help in managing your weight, Jefferson's Weight Management Program team has more than 20 years of experience in weight management. Their expert training and clinical knowledge, combined with energy, enthusiasm and commitment, contribute to the amazing success of our program.

Whether you are living with an obesity-related health condition or you are simply frustrated with the limitations on your lifestyle, we offer a number of options to guide and support you, including a short-term program that focuses on food management and a long-term program that involves an OPTIFAST® liquid diet. Our highly trained medical staff will work with you to devise a customized plan for a healthier and more active lifestyle.

Interested in Jefferson's Comprehensive Weight Management Program? Attend a free session for a complete overview. To find out the dates and to register for a Weight Management class, please call 215-955-5732 or use our e-mail form.