The Dangers of Obesity In a COVID World: How NYBG Can Help

42% of Americans are considered obese and according to a new study, they are at greater risk of severe infection, “long-COVID syndrome” and even death from COVID-19.

Achieving and maintaining good health is a top priority for many in the New Year, with weight-loss being a common resolution in 2022. At New York Bariatric Group, we enjoy working with patients as they embark on journeys toward healthy, happy lifestyles. We believe that prioritizing health and wellness is more important than ever, especially as we face the current COVID-19 variant

NYBG has taken pride in sharing need-to-know information with you throughout the pandemic. We write not only to inform you, but to inspire you to learn more about how bariatric surgery can benefit you in 2022 and beyond.


The new study by researchers from Stanford University reveals why people with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher are at greater risk for severe COVID infection. The study discovered that the virus attacks fat cells as well as immune cells in fatty tissue. This can cause an inflammatory response in the fat cells leading to an increased risk of severe infection, hospitalization, and even death. 

Another startling discovery: obese patients are more likely to suffer from “long-COVID syndrome.” Some of the long term effects of COVID include organ damage, memory and sleep problems, chest and joint pain, fatigue, and shortness of breath. These symptoms can persist long after the infection is gone. Even those who are vaccinated are experiencing breakthrough infections.


If you’ve been struggling to lose those “pandemic pounds”, you are not alone. Millions of Americans gained weight during the COVID-19 lockdown and now many have made it their New Year's resolution to find a weight-loss solution that actually works. If you’ve tried fad diets, only to regain the weight you lost and sometimes more, schedule a consultation with NYBG and learn about our proven weight-loss solutions. 

Benefits include:

  • Reduced risk of severe COVID-19 infection
  • Reduction of high blood pressure
  • Improvement of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Conquer joint pain
  • Achieve long-term remission for Type 2 diabetes
  • Defeat depression
  • And more

Bariatric surgery is a safe, effective long-term weight-loss solution that has helped thousands of people lose weight and keep it off. Many studies have shown that patients maintain 50% to 70% loss of excess weight 10+ years after bariatric surgery.


When it’s time to start a successful weight-loss journey, it’s time to call NYBG! We’re the best practice around and our numbers prove it:

  • 21 skilled surgeons who are leaders in bariatrics, 2 Plastic Surgeons, and 20 PA’s
  • 30,000 successful procedures performed with more every day
  • The #1 gastric balloon practice by volume – most balloons placed in the United States
  • Access to online seminars, support groups, cooking demos, and Q&A sessions
  • 100s of videos for patients explaining procedures, answering common questions, and showcasing previous patients
  • Multiple offices located in three states; NY, NJ, CT
  • Since 2000, we boast over 20 years of success!

Our commitment to patient success and excellence has earned us accreditation from the Metabolic Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). This prestigious achievement recognizes only the top bariatric practices. Stop waiting; start achieving better health today. Together, we’ve got this!

New York Bariatric Group is implementing and enforcing strict guidelines put out by the Center of Disease Control and the Department of Health in order to keep our staff and patients safe.

We are offering in-person and virtual consultations to ensure that everyone is able to get the information and care they deserve without feeling pressure to leave their home.

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The Dangers of Obesity In a COVID World: How NYBG Can Help


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