Obesity carries much health risk. A new study supports growing evidence that obesity can not only affect your health on a daily basis but also increase the chances that you will be hospitalized. According to a recent online article, people who had higher body mass index or BMI were more likely to be hospitalized with conditions that are serious like heart disease, diabetes, gallbladder disease and many more life-threatening illnesses. This study was published in The International Journal of Obesity. “Our study adds to the growing body of evidence that being overweight, not just obese, can increase your risk of health problems,” says lead author Rosemary Korda, PhD, Research Fellow at the Australian National University. “We showed that, on average, risk of hospitalization increases gradually as BMI increases, starting with people in the overweight range.” For reference, overweight is defined as a BMI between 25 and 30; obese is a BMI of 30 or above. The study researchers closely reviewed health data from nearly 250,000 people 45 years of age or older in New South Wales over 24 months. The rate of hospitalization which included staying in the hospital a minimum one night was the highest among those with the most elevated BMI(35 to 50). This equates to every 1000 women with the highest BMI in the survey hundred and 83 were hospitalized every year. Shockingly this statistic held true for both physically as well as an active people, smokers and non-smokers alike, according to the study. This proves that working out, and choosing not smoke are not an ironclad guarantee that you will avoid hospitalization. Dr. Seify explains his patients that while body contouring procedures like liposuction or abdominoplasty are not weight loss procedures; it is important to address fat deposits that have become evident and increased weight gain early before obesity becomes a problem. For many women after having a child adding a few pounds that are not lost the childbirth is not uncommon. Women who choose to not only aggressively pursue losing the weight after childbirth but also combine plastic surgery procedures including breast augmentation combined with abdominoplasty are much less likely to tolerate weight gain in later years. Dr. Seify shares with his patients that it’s pretty simple patients who have increased self-esteem and self-confidence are more likely to make better choices concerning diet and exercise. Patients were considering body contouring procedures are encouraged to contact Dr. Seify and schedule a consultation.
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