You Are Not Alone

Ask any of our patients … they will tell you that how vastly different their lives were before and after weight-loss surgery. When it comes to quality of life, there is no comparison. Their confidence, comfort, optimism and energy level have improved dramatically. They can do things they never could do before, and they’re excited about that. Without exception, they all say they wish they took action earlier.

You can find many of their stories throughout this blog and website. If you’re considering weight-loss surgery, we encourage you to read them.

Also worth viewing is the recent groundbreaking HBO documentary, entitled “The Weight of the Nation,” which sheds light on causes of obesity and how it has become an epidemic in the United States.

The numbers are staggering: According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent survey of America’s health, released in January of this year, almost 32% of 2- to 19-year-olds and nearly 69% of adults in America are overweight or obese.

Why? There are many factors. One is portion size. In just 20 years, many commercial food items have doubled or tripled in size. The average bagel was three inches wide in 1983 and six inches wide in 2003. An order of fries back averaged 2.4 ounces in 1983 and 6.9 ounces in 2003.

The average muffin has more than tripled in size — from 1.5 ounces in 1984 to five ounces in 2004. And not only have chocolate chip cookies grown from 1.5 inches across to 3.5 inches, the average number of calories per cookie is five times higher.

Here’s another jarring comparison: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest funder of work in this country on childhood obesity, spends $100 million a year on the problem. The food industry spends that amount every year by Jan. 4, just marketing junk food — just to children.

And how about this … Daily physical education is now offered in only 4% of our elementary schools, 8% of our middle schools and 2% of our high schools.

These facts are not meant to depress you — or to provide excuses. To the contrary, while it may sometimes feel that you are facing your tough challenges alone, you’re not.

And while it may seem like the odds are stacked against anyone trying to achieve a healthy weight, there are steps that you can take to beat the odds. Perhaps the most reassuring fact presented in the documentary is the enormous health benefits that you can achieve by losing just 10 percent of your weight.

However, if you’ve tried the diet and exercise programs and you’re still morbidly obese, that’s the time to reach out to the team at New York Bariatric for help. If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to see one of our surgeons, call our office at (516) 616-5500, or click on “Live Chat” in the upper left corner of your screen to have a conversation now.

You may be just one phone call away from the start of an exciting, new future.

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You Are Not Alone

Thomas

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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Nicole

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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Robert

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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Samantha

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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Eileen

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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Brittany

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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Desiree

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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