Weight Loss Education | UnityPoint Health Quad Cities

Education

Be in the know!

A very important aspect of our program is patient education prior to surgery. Each patient will receive both group teaching and individual evaluation to ensure that each surgery is tailored to the patient's individual needs and goals. All patients in our program will receive dietary and exercise counseling specific to the issues associated with the change in their lifestyle after surgery. Patients will meet regularly with our dietitian for help adjusting to their new lifestyle of healthy eating. Individual guidance about appropriate levels of exercise and intensity will be provided. We also offer a dedicated support group that will meet monthly to discuss life as a bariatric surgery patient.

Commitment to success

Surgical and non-surgical weight loss is not an easy, quick fix for obesity. It is the beginning of a lifelong commitment to health. Dedication to proper diet, exercise, and mental health is crucial to obtaining the best results. The surgery, education sessions, and support are all tools that improve the patient's ability to lose weight while following the recommended diet and exercise program as prescribed by the Trinity Weight Management Specialists Multidisciplinary Care Team.

Coordinated care

The programs offered at Trinity Weight Management Specialists are comprehensive. Offering several important advantages for patients, including:

  • A dedicated team of specialists who have many years of experience in dealing with bariatric patients. 
  • Nutrition counseling to discuss the nutritional changes necessary for successful weight loss. 
  • Exercise consultation will provide individual guidance about appropriate levels of exercise and intensity. 
  • Facilitation of quality care through immediate access to all areas of specialized physicians within Trinity Medical Center. 
  • Accessible lifelong follow-up care. 
  • Follow-through with primary care physicians before and after surgery. 
  • Dedicated support group that will meet monthly to discuss life as a bariatric surgery patient.

What is Morbid Obesity?

Morbid obesity is defined as being at least 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight or being 100% above your ideal body weight. This can occur due to a combination of many factors, including:

  • Overeating 
  • Making poor food choices 
  • Environmental (fast foods - calorie dense foods such as snack foods) 
  • Physical health (limited activity due to medical conditions) 
  • Mental health (depression - eating comfort foods) 
  • Genetics (low metabolic rate/ hormone regulation of appetite) 
  • Exercise (lack of adequate physical activity)

How do I tell if I am morbidly obese?

The easiest way is to use a body mass index (BMI) calculator. Your weight and height are used to calculate your BMI. Any reading greater than 40 is considered morbidly obese. Click here to check your own BMI.

Waist circumference can also be used as a measure of obesity. A waist circumference of over 40 inches in men or over 35 inches in women is considered a high risk for developing obesity related diseases.

How common is morbid obesity?

Morbid obesity is very common.

Currently up to 63.1% of Americans are overweight. New data finds that 33.8% (about one third of US adults) of Americans are obese. The American Society for Bariatric Surgery would estimate that 15 million Americans are morbidly obese. These numbers have risen dramatically over the past 20 years and many experts feel that we are experiencing an obesity epidemic.

Is morbid obesity dangerous?

Obesity at this level significantly increases your risk of several diseases.

The excess fat damages many organs in your body and will decrease your life expectancy. The most recent data suggests that up to 300,000 deaths each year are due to obesity. Obesity also affects your mental and emotional health. It is one disease that others can readily see and may alter the way people treat you. It often causes depression, stress, and the following medical conditions: 

  • Hypertension (high blood pressure) 
  • Diabetes 
  • Hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) 
  • Hyperlipidemia (high triglycerides) 
  • Sleep apnea (stop breathing for short periods while sleeping) 
  • Coronary artery disease 
  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack) 
  • Pulmonary embolism (blood clot traveling to lungs) 
  • Deep venous thrombosis (blood clot in large vein) 
  • Venous stasis ulcers (sores on legs due to pooling of blood) 
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn) 
  • Urinary incontinence 
  • Joint pain and back pain 
  • Fatigue 
  • Infertility 
  • Shortness of breath