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World Obesity Day

October 11th is World Obesity Day, a great opportunity to learn more about this growing epidemic and ways to get out of it. What is obesity? Obesity is considered a medical condition. It occurs when an individual carries excess body weight or fat.  To determine if one is obese, doctors use a tool called the […]

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Obesity Facts

Obesity is prevalent in America. According to the CDC, about 78 million Americans are obese. The American Society in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) estimates that about 24 million Americans are morbidly obese. What is obesity? Obesity is categorized as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more. Being obese puts you at […]

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No More Mr. Big Guy: Rocky Top Man Loses 400 Lbs.

Fort Sanders Health & Lifestyles John Dougherty was the big man in town. “There could be guys over 6 feet tall in the room, but I was always ‘the big guy’ because I weighed 625 pounds and was 5-foot-9. I wasn’t overweight – I was ‘under tall,” he said jokingly. “But I didn’t want to […]

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What is Gastric Sleeve?

If losing weight through diet and exercise have not helped you lose weight long term, then you may have considered weight loss surgery. Also known as bariatric surgery, weight loss surgery treats obesity and indirectly, the conditions that go along with it. This includes sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis.  Sleeve Gastrectomy for Weight Loss […]

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Healthy Holiday Food Choices for Bariatric Patients

There are so many family traditions tied to food that have followed us through life. This is why holidays can be tough for many bariatric patients. Sticking to your recommended eating plan during these festivities may seem impossible but with careful planning, it can be done. Here are some holiday swaps that you can try […]

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