Weight Management (Obesity)
Obesity is a serious chronic condition in which a person accumulates so much body fat that it may have an adverse effect on his/her health.
People suffering from obesity have a greater risk of developing fatal conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
Studies show that every one of third Americans is overwrought or obese.
There are a variety of over-the-counter treatments and prescription weight loss drugs available for treating obesity in the market.
Some of the most common medications approved by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for obesity treatment include Beta-methyl-phenylethylamine (Fastin), Orlistat (Xenical) and Sibutramine (Meridia).
The weight-loss drugs, however, can have serious side effects including increased blood pressure, headache, blurred vision, chest pain, nausea or vomiting, insomnia and nervousness.
Bariatric or weight-loss surgery is recommended for morbidly obese people who have failed to lose weight or maintain that weight loss by other methods.
In bariatric surgery, the weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach to limit the quantity of food you can consume. The size of the stomach is reduced with a gastric band, or a portion of the stomach is removed.