Surgical Weight Loss Procedures Can Give Patients a New Life

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery recently highlighted the following Story of the Week, compiled from CBS News and CNN:

In most states, the rate of adult obesity is not improving, but some experts say the good news is that obesity rates are not getting worse, according to a new CDC report.

Overall, more than two-thirds of adults are either overweight or have obesity, with states in the South and Midwest ranking highest. Three states had obesity rates over 35% - Arkansas, Mississippi and West Virginia. By comparison, in 1980 no state had a rate above 15% and in 1991, no state had a rate above 20%, according to a report by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health, which analyzed the data released by the CDC.

The report found some states had seen a decline in early childhood obesity, although overall, it remains at 17%. By race, African-American adults had the highest rates at 47.8%, Latino adults at 42.5% and white adults at 32.6%. "Obesity puts some 78 million Americans at an increased risk for a range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes and cancer," the report states. "Obesity is one of the biggest healthcare cost drivers -- adding up to billions of dollars in preventable spending each year.

The Bariatric Surgery Program at Holy Cross Hospital can help. Holy Cross Hospital is recognized by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP).

MBSAQIP—which is dedicated to promoting the delivery of bariatric surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy, efficiency and safety—reviewed every aspect of the bariatric program. To earn accreditation, Holy Cross underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of the program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health outcomes was collected.

Our multi-disciplinary approach to successful long-term weight loss makes us unique. And our program medical director, Michael A. Perez, MD, is dedicated to helping patients achieve long-term weight loss success through best practice information sessions and support groups. To learn more about the program and our surgical options, visit 

Bariatric Information Sessions

Second and fourth Tuesday of each month

6:00pm to 7:00pm

Sister Innocent Conference Center, Holy Cross Hospital

Phone: 800-554-2839


Bariatric Support Group

Fourth Tuesday of each month

7:15pm to 8:30pm

Sister Innocent Conference Center, Holy Cross Hospital