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Learn why weight control is so important for heart disease prevention, and how to lose weight—for good!

  • Can weight loss improve my health?

  • Even a relatively modest weight loss of 5 to 10% of your body weight can produce health benefits such as lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and improved cholesterol levels. In addition, weight loss has been shown to help people with asthma have fewer attacks and use less medicine, and improve the quality of sleep in people with obstructive sleep apnea.
  • How safe is bariatric surgery?

  • Bariatric surgery has become increasingly safe and effective over the years, and less invasive. Depending on the type of surgery, risk of serious complications and death is usually very low, often less than 1%.
  • Is the U.S. the only country combating obesity rates?

  • The U.S. is not alone. Most industrialized countries have experienced significant rises in obesity over the last 20 years. In fact, it is estimated that there are about about1 billion overweight adults globally, with at least 300 million obese. Fortunately, however, the CDC reports that other countries around the world have also had success in stabilizing obesity rates in recent years.
  • Is television watching associated with weight gain?

  • Yes, increased television watching has been  associated with an increase in weight gain. For example, in a recent study, watching one hour of television per day contributed to an average weight gain of .31 pounds, while three hours of television watching each day contributed to an average weight gain of .93 pounds.
  • How does weight-loss surgery work?

  • There are a few types of weight-loss procedures available to help patients who are very overweight lose weight, including lap banding, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. These surgeries limit the amount of food that you can ingest, and some also restrict the amount of food that your body can digest.
  • How important is maintaining a healthy weight?

  • Overweight and obesity greatly increase risk for diabetes, heart disease and a number of cancers — all of which can be life threatening. Therefore, it is important to take action toward maintaining a healthy weight, as losing just 5-10% of your weight can help reduce blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduce risk for heart disease.
  • How does chocolate help with weight control?

  • Flavonoids are a type of nutrient found in most plants, including the cocoa bean, which may boast a number of health benefits, including improved weight control. Chocolate that is minimally processed with the greatest amount of cocoa are a good source of flavonoids.
  • How does bariatric surgery work?

  • Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries work by changing your digestive system to limit how much you can eat, by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both. Weight-loss surgeries are used when standard weight-loss therapies such as diet and exercise have failed to work.
  • As a cardiomyopathy patient, should I weigh myself daily?

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