Bariatrics is the branch of medicine related to the causes, prevention, and treatment of obesity.
Defined as a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that health may be adversely affected, obesity is a growing problem across the United States. From 2000 to 2005, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) found the number of Americans affected by obesity grew 24%. Obesity increases the risks for many chronic conditions including:
For many, obesity is a major contributing factor to these and other health problems and, in many cases, significant weight loss will correct these health problems and eliminate the need for medications.
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