About obesity in central and southern California
Being overweight is not something we consciously set out to do, but one-third of Americans can be considered “obese,” which means they have an unhealthy proportion of body fat.
Dr. David Thoman and his staff offer support and solutions to men and women who are significantly overweight. Dr. Thoman specializes in surgical solutions for obesity for Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Fresno, Ventura, Bakersfield and Los Angeles patients.
Causes of obesity
People become obese for a variety of reasons. Understanding the causes of your obesity can sometimes help you to resolve it without surgery. We encourage you to exhaust non-surgical methods before turning to weight loss options. Common factors that contribute to obesity include:
- Consuming more calories than you burn off through exercise
- Certain medications, such as corticosteroids and antidepressants
- A few rare medical conditions
We encourage you to try to lose weight through conventional methods before resorting to surgery. However, in some cases there are no other reliable options.
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When it’s time to take action
Obesity, however common, is a serious matter when it reaches the stage called “morbid obesity.” When your excess weight causes life-threatening heath conditions, you are considered morbidly obese, and at that point it is likely that your life depends on finding a solution. Reasons to take immediate action include any of the following:
- Being more than 100 pounds over your ideal body weight
- Having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher.
- Having a BMI over 35 and a high-risk health problem that is related to your obesity.
Although solving your weight problems with surgery might seem extreme, weight loss surgery with minimally-invasive laparoscopic techniques often involves fewer risks than doing nothing at all. This successful treatment can effectively result in significant weight loss, which both increases life expectancy and dramatically improves your quality of life.
We are here for you
Are you ready to begin your journey to lasting weight loss? First we encourage you to attend one of our informational weight loss seminars.
If you think surgery might be a good option for you, request a consultation online below with Dr. David Thoman or call the office of Advanced Surgical Associates at (805) 730-1470.
We routinely see patients from Santa Barbara, Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo County, and Ventura for weight loss surgery and other laparoscopic procedures.
Has your weight become a serious, life-threatening condition?
Body mass index (BMI) is a measure of body fat based on height and weight that applies to adult men and women.