Morbid Obesity Related Health Concerns

Studies show almost 36 percent of adults in the United States are obese, and by state, New Hampshire ranks number 35, with an obesity rate of 25.6 percent. Characterized by excessive body fat, morbid obesity increases your risk of developing a range of health problems.

What is Morbid Obesity?

Morbidly obese means you weigh 100 pounds or more than your ideal weight and experience one or more of the following obesity-related health conditions:

  • Diabetes
  • Sleep apnea
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Arthritis

Morbid obesity also increases your risk of developing:

  • Coronary artery or heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Depression

Although medical problems increase the risk of any major surgical procedure, including bariatric surgery, they also strengthen the need for weight loss. Significant medical problems require careful consideration, but do not necessarily rule out the possibility of weight loss surgery.

The decision to undergo bariatric surgery is complex and very personal. Your bariatric surgeon will discuss the benefits and risks of weight loss surgery and help you decide if it is the best option for you.

We encourage you learn more by attending a free information session or contacting a WINH bariatric representative at winh@lrgh.org or (603) 527-2946 for more information.