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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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Obesity Facts

Over two-thirds of adults in the United States are obese. This figure seems to be growing, especially with the increased consumption of sugar and processed foods. What is Obesity? Obesity is a chronic condition characterized by having excessive body fat. Determining your body mass index or BMI is the best way to find out if […]

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Diabetes and Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric or weight loss surgery has become the preferred weight loss option for those who are obese. Some studies have found out that the procedure doesn’t just address obesity; it can also benefit those with coexisting morbidities such as diabetes. About Diabetes The latest report from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that […]

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Obesity Care Week

Obesity Care Week About 70 percent of Americans today, ages 20 and older, are considered overweight. A third of them are obese. This year, October 29-November 4 is recognized as National Obesity Care Week. The mission of National Obesity Care Week to advance an evidence-based understanding of obesity and widespread access to respectful, comprehensive and […]

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