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To Counteract Obesity Health Risks, Individuals with Excess Body Fat Can Seek Treatment at Tampa General Hospital

Many different health risks have been associated with obesity. The higher a person’s body fat percentage (as indicated by his or her BMI), the higher his or her risk of developing obesity-related complications. These risks are most apparent in individuals whose weight exceeds twice their ideal weight.  

When compared to non-obese individuals, people who are clinically obese are: 

  • twice as likely to die prematurely
  • up to four times more likely to develop certain cancers, including cancers of the colon, prostate, and breasts
  • up to seven times more likely to die from diabetes or a heart attack

Other notable obesity health risks include:

  • gallstones
  • asthma and difficulty breathing
  • fatigue and physical exhaustion
  • heartburn
  • osteoarthritis
  • stress incontinence
  • back pain
  • poor self-image
  • social discrimination

Obesity-related health complications are serious, but they don’t have to be permanent. According to the National Institutes of Health, many studies have shown that significant weight loss can reduce a person’s risk for developing many of these complications. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that even a small amount of initial weight loss – just 5 to 10 percent of a person’s body weight – can set a number of positive changes in motion, such as a reduction in blood pressure, blood cholesterol, and blood sugars.

We offer a comprehensive range of weight loss services, including non-surgical weight loss programs and a number of surgical options, for patients who are ready to significantly improve their health. Nutritional counseling, psychological counseling, and emotional support are also provided through the TGH + USF Health Bariatric Center.

To contact TGH + USF Health Bariatric Center, email or call (813) 844-7473. Our weight loss specialists can help you create an individualized plan for achieving long-term weight loss and reducing obesity related health risks.