Surgical Weight Loss Options

Bariatric surgery includes various surgical procedures designed to aid an individual in weight loss by manipulating the digestive system.  Surgery is a dieting aid that helps individuals alter their eating habits by restricting food intake or limiting ingested food absorption. These procedures assist a patient in reducing food and caloric intake. Baptist Health uses only the safest techniques for performing bariatric surgery to help overcome weight issues and encourage a healthier life. Our team is dedicated to improving health and well-being through a weight loss plan that’s personalized for you. We offer various surgical options based on what you and your surgeon feel is the best for you.

We’re committed to making your journey through your weight loss process as easy as possible, and our team will guide you through all aspects of treatment along the way. Our care team comprises highly trained nurses, caregivers, and exceptional office staff that will provide comprehensive support and assistance from the beginning of your process and into the future.

Facts about adult obesity & defining obesity

  • Arkansas has the third-highest obesity prevalence in all of America. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 37.4% of Arkansans are considered obese. In all, more than two-thirds of adults in the United States are overweight or obese.
  • Obese people are at an increased risk of developing severe health conditions and chronic disease. This includes type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and overall lower life quality.
  • Medical expenses are higher for people who are obese. Individually, the average medical costs of people who have obesity were $1,429 more than those at a healthy weight. Collectively, obesity costs Americans $147 billion each year.
  • Middle-aged adults are often affected by obesity the most. In 2017-2018, 44.8% of adults between the ages of 40 and 59 were obese. This is only slightly greater than the 40% prevalence of adults aged 20-39, and 42.8% of adults aged 60 and over.
  • Obesity is more prevalent in adult males compared to adult females. 46.4% of men aged 40-59 were obese in 2017-2018. In comparison, 43.3% of women in the same age group were obese during that time. 
  • Ethnicity often affects your likelihood of obesity. According to data from 2017 through 2019, non-Hispanic Black adults had the highest prevalence of obesity (39.8%), followed by Hispanic adults (33.8%) and non-Hispanic White adults (29.9%).

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What is obesity?

Obesity is a medical condition that occurs  when a person carries excess weight or body fat that might affect their health. Overweight and obesity are both labels for ranges of weight that are greater than what is generally considered healthy for a given height or that have been shown to increase the likelihood of certain diseases and other health problems. Being overweight or obese increases the risk of high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, sleep apnea, and some cancers.
Causes of obesity include:

  • Inactivity
  • Poor eating habits
  • Lack of sleep
  • Certain medications
  • Genetic conditions such as Prader-Willi syndrome and Bardet-Biedl syndrome

Federal Guidelines for Healthy Weight

  • Underweight. Your BMI is less than 18.5.
  • Ideal Weight for Your Height. Your BMI is between 18.5 and 24.9.
  • Overweight. Your BMI is between 25 and 29.9.
  • Obese. Your BMI is 30 or greater.

More about the causes and consequences of obesity

Obesity is a chronic disease with many complex causes. On a basic level, A disproportion in calories consumed versus calories burned can cause weight gain. However, we now know that additional factors, such as the environment, metabolism, genetics, and certain medical conditions, also contribute to obesity.

Diet and exercise

Obesity can occur gradually as a result of a poor diet and lack of physical activity. Unhealthy habits, such as consuming large amounts of processed food, emotional eating, and disregarding recommended portion sizes, often run in families and contribute to excessive weight gain. 


Research shows that the modern American environment has made weight control increasingly more difficult. From fast-food convenience to long days sitting at an office desk, many factors in the community can influence your health and overall well-being.


Genes contribute to a person’s susceptibility to weight gain. Hereditary factors, such as slow metabolism, can make the body more resistant to weight loss. 

Medical conditions

In some cases, underlying medical issues contribute to weight gain. Conditions such as hypothyroidism, polycystic ovary syndrome, and Cushing’s syndrome can often lead to a build-up of fat in the body. Depression is also a medical condition that can result in overeating, which can cause obesity.

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