First, the bad news.
New Jersey’s adult obesity rate has more than doubled in the past 20 years.
However, Garden State residents are among the least overweight in the nation, according to The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America released in late 2016. New Jersey’s adult obesity rate is currently 25.6 percent, up from 17 percent in 2000 and 12.3 percent in 1995.
Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent. Rates decreased in four states (Minnesota, Montana, New York and Ohio), increased in two (Kansas and Kentucky) and remained stable in the rest. While New Jersey is on the whole fitter than Pennsylvania (30 percent), it’s slightly fatter than New York (25 percent).
Do you suspect that you may be in the 25 percent obese category?
Find Out in 10 Seconds if You are Obese
Obesity is determined by calculating a person’s body mass index (BMI). An individual with a BMI of 30 or greater is considered obese.
>>> Use the bariatric BMI calculator to find out where you stand.
If your BMI is over 35
You may qualify for bariatric weight loss surgery if you have no weight-related medical conditions and your BMI is 40 or higher.
However, people with these obesity-related chronic health issues may qualify with a BMI between 35 and 40:
- type 2 diabetes
- high cholesterol
- heart disease
- history of stroke
- sleep apnea
- fatty liver disease
- severe acid reflux disease
Take Back Control of Your Weight Beginning Today
The most common statement our bariatric patients make after they have lost 75lbs, 100lbs, 150lbs and even more weight is that they wish they had done it sooner.
If you keep telling yourself every Monday morning that you are starting your diet again, it may be time to try a more aggressive and life-changing strategy.
The first step is to educate yourself about what weight loss surgery is and how it can change the rest of your life, whether you are age 19 or 59. Meet one of New Jersey’s top bariatric surgeons, Dr. Seun Sowemimo, FACS, FASMBS in person at his free monthly bariatric patient seminar (our July session is Wed., July 12th) at CentraState Medical Center in Monmouth County. Or, connect to his free bariatric webinar on your phone or desktop.
Call (732) 982-2002 to schedule your private consultation and meet with one of our experienced surgeons to talk about your lifestyle, weight loss goals and what bariatric procedure may be right for you.
There’s no reason to wait. Let’s help you change your life.
Dr. Seun Sowemimo and Dr. Bennet Togbe are board-certified and fellowship-trained, general, laparoscopic and bariatric surgeons in NJ. They specialize in minimally invasive weight loss surgery and general surgery procedures including diverticulitis, gallbladder and hernia conditions. They are the top NJ surgeons at Prime Surgicare, with offices in Freehold serving Monmouth and Ocean counties.
To learn more, visit our YouTube channel or call Prime Surgicare at (732)-982-2002.