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Before opting for weight loss surgery, it is important to understand the causes of obesity and the various obesity solutions available.

What causes obesity?

Obesity is a serious disease with symptoms that build slowly over an extended period of time. The causes of morbid obesity are multiple and complex. It is not simply a result of overeating. Research has shown that, significant underlying causes of morbid obesity are genetic, environmental, and social. Studies have demonstrated that efforts such as dieting and exercise programs have a limited ability to provide effective long-term relief.


What is Body Mass Index (BMI)?

BMI calculates the relationship between a person’s height and weight. Obesity is defined as having a BMI greater than 30. Calculate your BMI.


Why is obesity serious?

Obesity interferes with basic physical functions such as breathing or walking. In addition, obesity can lead to serious long-term implications including shorter life expectancy and serious health consequences in the form of weight-related conditions leading to the potential of a lower quality of life.


There are many health conditions related to morbid obesity, but some of the most common are:

- Type 2 diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, kidney failure and blindness

- Heart disease and high cholesterol leading to heart attack  and angina

- High blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney failure and blindness

- Obstructive sleep apnoea, leading to lethargy and tiredness during the day and  has been associated with high blood pressure

- Acid reflux/Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease, which can lead to irritation of the oesophagus (oesophagitis) and potentially a condition called Barrett’s oesophagus or oesophageal cancer (adenocarcinoma)

- Cancers

- Depression

- Osteoarthritis and joint pain, which can lead to difficulty walking

- Stress urinary incontinence

- Female reproductive health disorders, which can lead to infertility and sexual dysfunction




Brighton Bariatrics is a multidisciplinary team of surgeons, gastroenterologists, anaesthetists, dietitians, psychologists and nurses, specialising in bariatric surgery.


The high quality care you receive from us is local to you - Before, during and after your weight loss surgery.


Our team at Brighton Bariatrics will offer you a comprehensive choice of keyhole surgical (laparoscopic) and non surgical (endoscopic) procedures tailor made to fit your needs and give you the bespoke weight loss service that you deserve.


Brighton Bariatrics offer gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding, gastric sleeve surgery and the Orbera weight loss balloon with high levels of care from The Montefiore Hospital.


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