Test Your Knowledge: A Quick Quiz on Obesity

Knowledge is the key to making a wise decision. Here’s a quick quiz to make sure you have your facts straight. The answers are at the bottom, but don’t peek . . . see how well you can do.

  1. True or false: Genetics, sedentary lifestyles and the prevalence of fast food are all factors that contribute to obesity.
  2. Recent published studies show than severely overweight individuals have a life expectancy of __ years less than non-obese members of the population.
  3. The measure used to determine your level of obesity is called ___.
  4. You are considered to be obese when your body mass index is over ___.
  5. You are considered to be morbidly obese when your body mass index is over ___.
  6. True or false: The quickest way to calculate my body mass index is to use the BMI calculator on our website.
  7. According to the National Institutes of Health, the only effective means of weight loss in patients who suffer from morbid obesity is ___________.
  8. Most insurance companies and bariatric surgery specialists consider individuals with a body mass index of ___ as candidates for surgery.
  9. Patients with a life-threatening condition as a result of obesity are considered candidates for surgery with a body mass index of __.

10.  True or false:  Even if I have not tried other ways to lose weight, surgery may be my best option.

11.  True or false: After weight-loss surgery, you will feel full after eating less food.

12.  I can expect to be hospitalized ___ days after weight-loss surgery.

13.  After weight-loss surgery, I can expect to return to work after ___ days.

14.  True or false:  Your surgeon will decide which type of weight-loss surgery is right for you.

15.  True or false: After surgery, I will no longer need to concern myself with diet and exercise.

16.  True or false: Weight-loss surgery can help cure diabetes.

17.  True or false:  Insurance usually doesn’t cover weight-loss surgery.

18.  The New York Bariatric Group has helped improved the lives of more than _____ people through weight-loss surgeries.

19.  A good way to find out about weight-loss surgery has changed people’s lives is: ____________________.

20.  If I’m interested in talking to someone about weight-loss surgery, my next step should be: ___________________________.

The answers:

  1. True
  2. Ten
  3. BMI (body mass index).
  4. 30
  5. 40
  6. True. You can find our BMI calculator at the top of this page.
  7. surgery
  8. 40
  9. 30

10.  False. Surgery should only be considered when other weight loss plans, such as diets and exercise, have not worked.

11.  True

12.  One or two days

13.  Seven to ten days

14.   False. The type of surgery that is right for you is your decision.  We will provide you all the information you need as clearly as possible so that you can be sure of your choice.

15.  False. Think of weight-loss surgery as a tool to make lifestyle changes.  Successful patients follow up with their surgeons, follow new rules for eating, and make the time to exercise regularly.

16.  True. For more on weight-loss surgery and diabetes, click here.

17.  False. Many insurance companies do cover the procedures, and you can find out if yours is one of them fairly easily.

18.  5,000

19.  Check out the Success Stories on our website.  They’re under the heading: “Photos/Videos.”

Call our office at (516) 616-5500 to make an appointment to see one of our surgeons, or click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now. We’re ready to help.

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Test Your Knowledge: A Quick Quiz on Obesity


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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Lost 126lbs

Brittany's success story

I am totally comfortable in my own skin.

I think I always grew up identifying myself as less than other people because I was fat. I decided to tackle that and just live my life. I had a sleeve gastrectomy. It changed how I view myself. How I communicate with people. I'm able to be much more of myself and live the life I always thought I should have been living. I am totally comfortable in my own skin. You have the tools you need to succeed here.

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Lost 157lbs

Desiree's success story

I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before.

I had a vertical sleeve gastrectomy because I had just become diabetic, and I had hypertension for many years. I lost a total of 157 pounds in 11 months. I have a brand new life. I can do things I couldn't do before. Everyone at New York Bariatric Group has been wonderful. They are kind. They are understanding. They make you feel comfortable. They will guide you every step of the way on your journey so that you can be successful.

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