American’s are inundated daily with subliminal fast food marketing campaigns saying eat! Eat! EAT! Causing obesity in America to be prevalent among all age groups. “The obesity epidemic is one of the country’s most serious health problems. Adult obesity rates have doubled since 1980, from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled (Trust for America’s Health, www.healthyamericans.org ).” Now people have options like gastric bypass surgery and numerous weight loss plans to fit each lifestyle. The American Society of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery, research shows “that the surgeries also help to “prevent, improve or resolve more than 40 obesity-related diseases or conditions including Type 2 diabetes, heat disease and certain cancers.” Skilled, board certified plastic surgeons are now able to restore figures with body lifts or sagging skin with noninvasive procedures. People are now choosing to shed pounds and get back to their old selves.
Total advertising spending by fast food restaurants reached $4.6 billion in 2012, an 8% increase over the $4.3 billion spent in 2009 (Fast Food FACTS). With all the advertisement focused on fast food, high in calorie content, theres no wonder why Americans and people of industrialized countries are packing on the pounds. Even the fashion industry is catering to this increase in average body weight by “vanity sizing” (size inflation), stretchy jeans that market to people’s shrinking egos and growing sizes.
With the average American man now weighing 194 pounds and woman, a shocking 165 pounds (New York Times), it’s no wonder people are looking into weight loss procedures. “Men weigh in at 16 pounds more than in 1990, the average weight for women jumped 14 pounds over the same period (Gallup Poll).”
According to Dr. Stephan Guyenet’s research, (Fast Food, Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance), claims that it hasn’t just doubled but American obesity has tripled since 1980. Total bariatric operations performed according to the American Society for Bariatric Surgery in 2005 were at 171,000. Total body lifts performed in 2013 by American Society of Plastic Surgeons www.plasticsurgery.org are listed as followed (the gender distribution remained interestingly the same for both males and females) .
Lower Body Lift 7,281
Thigh Lift 8,709
Upper Arm Lift 15,769
Buttock Lift 2,438
Breast Lift 90,006
Tummy Tuck 111, 986
In the media we see actors like Rosanne Barr from the hit TV show “Roseanne”, Randy Jackson former member of “The Jacksons” and host on American Idol, both have lost significant amounts of weight then opted for body lifts.
Good candidates for the body lifts are individuals with substantial loose sagging skin tissue in multiple areas of their body. Someone who has reached his or her specific weight goals with realistic future plans to maintain them. People who do not smoke and have healthy diets that help insure there are no complications with surgery, or recovery are great candidates. There are also noninvasive procedures like Exilis Elite to help with skin tightening, body shaping and overall skin rejuvenation. This is perfect for someone that has lost weight in smaller areas of the body or loss of elasticity due to age. The technology behind Exilis Elite is focused on a layering of thermal heat energy that targets collagen fibers, disrupting them until they unravel, causing the healing process that inhibits new collagen production. “Layering simply means that energy is delivered to the various depths in the tissue. Changing the cooling during treatment allows you to treat deep tissue all the way up to the superficial layer” (http://www.btlaesthetics.com).
In 1830 Adolphe Quetelet, a social scientist introduced BMI to measure body norms and abnormalities of individuals (underweight, normal, overweight, obese). Body Mass Index (BMI) or Quetelet index, is calculated by the mass and height of a person. The World Health Organization regulates BMI. Not only has the BMI increased over the past half-century but more than two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese (U.S. Center for Disease and Control www.cdc.gov ).Obesity can raise a lot of concerns, hypertension, some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon), type 2 diabetes, heart disease,stroke, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory problems.
Now it is time for you to take a look at your life and weigh the options. Know that there are alternatives and a light at the end of the tunnel. There are many options to help surgically. If you’ve had significant weight-loss or interested in any body lift procedure book a consultation with Lief Rogers, MD, FACS located in both Beverly Hills or Pasadena California. www.leifrogersmd.com . Interested in a noninvasive procedure like Exilis Elite visit PRIVET Aesthetics located in both Beverly Hills or Pasadena California www.privetaesthetics.com . Because you deserve the best you, you can be.
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