About obesity

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.

Obesity commonly impacts a person’s entire life, causing them to suffer physically, socially, and emotionally.

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

Everyone has a set point for weight.  Your body tightly controls the amount of fat it chooses to store via an array of complex hormones interacting on your brain and gut.  Losing weight requires either changing this set point or fighting it. Dieters who have struggled to lose weight and then slowly put it back on over the coming years know how hard it is to fight the set point.  It is the reason only 2-3% of dieters experience long term success. Currently, only surgery has been shown to change your body’s set point. That is the reason weight loss surgery has been shown to create long term lasting weight loss.  It actually has nothing to do with just making a small stomach.

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 with Dr. David Thoman or call the office of Advanced Surgical Associates at (805) 706-8840.

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.