Experts Concerned By Historic Obesity Levels

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Author: Janice Mills

Increasing obesity rates in Canada are concerning health care experts due to research that definitively links weight-gain and serious long-term health problems including diabetes and cancer.

More and more doctors are recommending that patients who are significantly overweight and are in danger of suffering these health conditions, undergo a SmartShape lap band operation.

The suggestion is being made to people across the country after a recently released report indicated that in some parts of the country, more than 30% of the population is considered obese.Health Canada defines an individual as obese when their Body Mass Index is at or above the 95th percentile for people of the same age and sex.

Referring to data collected each year since 1998, researchers know that Canadians living in eastern Canada, the Maritimes, are more likely to be obese. Those living on the west coast are the less likely.

The evolutions in technology that have allowed Lap-Band procedures to be refined and to be very effective come at a time when obesity rates in Canada have climbed steadily for more than 35 years. There has been a more aggressive increase in rates in the last 20 years. For instance, in the 2000 the rate of adult obesity, based on self-reported data, was about 10%. Within 12 years, it had almost doubled.

SmartShape Lap Band Operation has helped thousands of Canadians lose weight and keep it off.

During a lap band procedure patients are placed under general anesthesia while a prosthetic device is inserted around a portion of the stomach. In order that the surgeon can see the abdominal cavity, a microscopic camera is placed into the abdomen through a small incision.

Gas is pumped in, expanding the area and providing space for a prosthetic device, the band, to be placed around the upper stomach.

Obesity has been shown to lead to a chronic diseases, including, hypertension and liver disease, as well as breast, colon and prostate cancer in men and women. The concern among medical professional arises because obesity is common among men and women between the ages of 20 and 65.

Unless obesity rates are reduced, the population and the health system that supports it will be significantly burdened by the problem.

Researchers and health care practitioners are calling for action as obesity rates in Canada hit historic levels. A recently released report highlights that in some parts of the country, more than 30% of the population is considered obese.

Health Canada characterizes an individual as obese when their Body Mass Index is at or above the 95th percentile for people of the same age and sex. This corresponds to a BMI of 30 or above.

Citing data collected since 1998, researchers have shown that Canadians living in the Maritimes have the highest rates of obesity. Those living on the west coast are lower risk. The steady upward march of obesity rates in Canada is alarming health care experts who draw connections between weight gain and adverse long-term health problems such as diabetes and heart problems.

SmartShape is a facility specializing in weight loss alternatives such as Lap-Band Operation. For more information, visit their website.www.obesitysurgery.ca

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