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Obesity

Obesity is the term used to describe someone who is extremely overweight.

The body mass index (BMI) is used as a realistic marker to differentiate between someone who is overweight and someone who is obese. Anyone with a BMI of 30 or more is considered medically obese, and their health is at increased risk due to excess body fat.

Obesity – a major health concern

Rather than being considered a simple fact of life, obesity is now classified as a serious medical condition with complex causes – not simply a 'choice' or genetic cause, rather a range of causes. This means for many people who are obese, simply 'eating less' or 'exercising more' will not work.

Obesity has now overtaken smoking as the number one cause of premature deaths in Australia. More and more research into the causes of a whole range of medical conditions (many serious) – is pointing to obesity as a major factor.

Risks associated with Obesity

Health concerns that can arise as a result of obesity include but are not limited to:

  • Anxiety and Depression.
  • Arthritis.
  • Asthma (adult onset).
  • Cancer.
  • Diabetes (Type II).
  • Fatty liver disease.
  • Formation of blood clots (which in turn can cause heart attack, deep vein thrombosis and strokes).
  • Heart disease.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol (Incorrect balance of HDL and LDL cholesterol).
  • Infertility.
  • Polycystic ovaries.
  • Poor circulation.
  • Reflux.
  • Stroke.

Treatment Options

Having a better understanding of the causes of obesity and a patient's motivation for losing weight has informed the design and delivery of our successful weight loss treatment program. The program is called the Peak Surgical Weight Loss Program. The program is tailored to individuals and their unique condition.

Today there are a number of different surgical approaches to helping people address the health concerns linked with obesity. Dr Silverman always recommends a consultation where she is able to explain the different options and then decide together with the patient which surgical approach would be the most effective in their circumstances.

When the most suitable surgical option is delivered as part of a multidisciplinary treatment solution integrated with psychology, nutrition and exercise education, outcomes for obese patients are considerably improved leading to them losing excess weight and living happy and healthy lives.

Surgery on its own is much less effective. The entire team is involved in the program from well before the procedure itself, and after the surgery has taken place - this ensures that the best result is achieved and that the new healthier weight is maintained on a long-term basis.

Dr Silverman and her team have devised the Peak Specialist Surgical Weight Loss Program - a unique multi-disciplinary weight loss program which has been built to maximise each patient's chances of long-term weight loss.