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The Mental and Physical Effects of Obesity

Posted April 28, 2015 in Uncategorized

In the last few decades, the number of people who are obese the in the United States has grown substantially. Current data shows that more than 34% of all Americans are obese, while one in four people in California falls into this category. Being overweight not only prevents people from participating in certain activities, but it also increases the likelihood that health complications will develop over an extended period of time.

Physical effects of obesity include:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure

To make matters worse, the physical appearance of looking obese often affects a person’s mental state as well.

Mental effects of obesity include:

  • Self-consciousness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Mental illness

Of course, there are many diet and exercise routines that can help combat oversized waistlines, but even these regimens sometimes fail to produce satisfying results. When regular diet and exercise do not effectively improve their body, many people decide to undergo various forms of bariatric surgery.

Even though bariatric surgery is very successful at reducing a person’s overall weight and improving his or her health, a considerable amount of excess skin usually exists after the procedure is performed. This can affect several different areas of the body and cause the following:

  • Sagging skin in the upper arms
  • Breasts that appear flat and nipples that droop downward
  • Hanging skin in the abdominal area
  • Folds in the buttocks, groin, and thigh region

To eliminate the appearance of excess skin, people who have lost a large amount of weight often decide to undergo plastic surgery. As a board-certified plastic surgeon with over two decades of experience, Dr. Mark A. Chin regularly helps patients achieve a slimmer and more toned physical appearance by performing various body contouring procedures, such as breast lift, body lift, and thigh lift surgery.

To find out more about the body contouring procedures that are offered at Valley Institute of Plastic Surgery, feel free to call (559) 435-9646 today. For your convenience, we also offer an online contact form to schedule your personalized consultation. Dr. Chin and his staff look forward to seeing you soon!