We live in an obesogenic environment. But what does that mean? It’s a concept that’s gathering a lot of attention these days. The word obesogenic comes from combining the word “obese” with the suffix “genic” – to produce or generate something. It attempts to describe the condition of our modern society and how it contributes to the obesity epidemic.
The Surgical Specialists of Louisiana have always been concerned with obesity and the illnesses that affect people who are fighting the weight loss battle. Since 2001, SSL has offered weight loss surgery options and our patients have enjoyed long term success. So, who can better lead the fight against obesity? The Surgical Specialists are excited to announce our new program called MyWeightTM.
Adolescent obesity is getting a lot of attention these days. And rightly so! The NHANES surveys show that the prevalence of obesity for those aged 12 to 19 has increased from 5% to 17.6% over the past three years.
For those patients who have struggled with weight their whole life, bariatric surgery may seem like the final solution. It’s true that, for the morbidly obese, weight loss surgery is known to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment. But surgery is only the first step. Successful weight loss comes from an ongoing mental and emotional commitment to a healthier lifestyle.
Chad Soileau’s goals started simply – fit in a size large shirt, walk one mile, be comfortable wearing a belt. But, as he rapidly crossed these achievements off his list, he set his sights on something greater—to compete in the Ironman World Championship in Kona Hawaii.