Obesity is a growing public health problem in the United States as well as other parts of the world. Overweight patients are more and more turning to bariatric surgery to help them lose the extra pounds and trim their waistline. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 37.5% of American adults are obese and 16% of children and teens are considered obese. With obesity costs rising, medical costs now amount to nearly $147 billion each year. Type II Diabetes, heart disease, and stroke are all some of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States and directly connected to obesity. Continue reading