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About Obesity

Obesity is a major health problem these days, not only in the United States, but the world as well. It's estimated that up to two-thirds of the population in this country is overweight, and half of these people can be classified as obese. The number of adults and children who are obese has increased steadily for the past 10 years, growing to the point that it is now considered to be an epidemic.

Diets and exercise have been consistently shown to result in weight loss, but in 90-95 percent of the cases patients regain the lost weight within 1-2 years. When compared to these results, weight loss surgery has been shown to be most effective in helping people to maintain significant weight loss.

Did you know?

  • 50% of Americans are overweight
  • 7.2% of American women are morbidly obese
  • 5% of American men are morbidly obese
  • Approximately 300,000 people die each year from obesity-related illnesses.
  • Obesity is now ranked as the second highest cause of preventable deaths in the country, with smoking-related deaths ranked as the leading cause

Scientific evidence shows that being obese or overweight is a significant risk factor for several serious diseases, including:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA):
  • Hypertension
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD

Studies show that patients who lose a significant amount of weight can often dramatically improve or even cure these conditions. They can also reduce or eliminate many medications – and sleep without the need for a machine to help them breathe.

Additional information about obesity is available at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


To better meet your healthcare needs and your need for information, we are happy to provide you with the following resources.

We hope you find this information helpful, but please remember we do not control or endorse the information presented on external web sites.
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Helpful information on all aspects of bariatric surgery.
Obesity Help
Patients forum and resource for bariatric surgery.
The Obesity Society
Provides information on the effects of obesity and treatment options.
Obesity on-line
A comprehensive site with information regarding treatment for obesity
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) conducts and supports basic and clinical research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health.

Support Groups

An integral part of your decision to have safe weight loss surgery is the commitment to follow-up. We want you to be successful; therefore, we have designed support groups for you to attend and resources to guide you through the entire weight loss surgery process.

The learning, sharing and support you receive from your peers is a great way to keep your weight loss motivation high. By participating in a safe weight loss surgery support group, you are more likely to reach your goals than if you tried alone.

Each support group features a speaker on a subject of interest to people who are anticipating or who have had safe weight loss surgery. A period of questions and discussion follows every featured speaker. All pre and post-operative weight loss surgery patients and their family members are welcome to join us.

Support Group Calendar
2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm
CMC Mercy Auditorium.
2001 Vail Ave
Charlotte, NC 28207
(P) 704-355-9484
(F) 704-446-4060

2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Health & Fitness Institute
1090 NorthEast Gateway Court, Suite 102
Concord, NC 28025
(P) 704-403-7580
(F) 704-786-5703

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