Obesity is an ongoing issue in our country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines obesity as a body mass index (BMI) higher than 30. BMI measures health based on height and weight.

According to George Washington’s (GW) School of Public Health and Health services, 35.7 percent of U.S. adults are obese. In 2012, the CDC reported that 27.1 percent of the 2010 Maryland population was obese.

“Obesity is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States,” says Latasha Baxter, Metabolic & Bariatric program coordinator at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. “It is a disease which increases the risk of developing many health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. There is also a correlation to increased cancer prevalence.”

In addition, obesity has financial impacts. GW estimates that the nation’s annual cost of obesity-related loss of productivity is $30 billion.

Steps to Reduce Obesity

There are steps that you can take to reduce your obesity risk. This includes:

  • Exercising regularly, most days of the week.
  • Eating a well-balanced diet and watching portion size.
  • Keeping a food journal.
  • Regularly seeing a doctor.

How We Can Help

If you are struggling with weight, the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program at Shady Grove Adventist can help. The program offers nutritional and behavioral counseling as well as an exercise program developed just for you.

The program has helped people such as 33-year-old David Muir. David lost 250 pounds after his gastric sleeve surgery. “Before my surgery, I had diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and life-threatening sleep apnea, and I didn’t even know it,” Muir recalls. “I’ve gained a new lease on life.”

Shady Grove Adventist’s program is nationally recognized for its commitment to quality and patient safety by the American College of Surgeons and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Free Weight Management Seminar

Register to attend a free seminar on weight management options available at Shady Grove Adventist.