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Crisis in American Health

EVOLV / January 8, 2018

Did you know that the average US adult today weighs over 26 pounds more than they did in the 1950’s?

Over one-third of Americans are obese and another third are overweight. The result is affecting every family in this country, and will cost us nearly 200 billion dollars this year…yes, this is a crisis.

At evolv Plastic Surgery and Medical Aesthetics, we see patients and families whose lives are affected every day by the obesity epidemic.  Patients are at higher risk of complications with surgical care because of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and other weight-related consequences that increase risks unnecessarily.

So what can we do as a plastic surgery and aesthetic practice and how can we make a difference in this complicated and multifaceted issue?  We have personally experienced the power of appropriate and balanced reconstructive and aesthetic care to improve quality of life for any patient at any age.  We know through many years of personal experience that patients who experience positive results with improving skin health, reducing cancer risk, restoring more youthful and attractive features feel better and, just as importantly, are more motivated to make healthier lifestyle choices such as activity levels and exercise, nutritional choices, and just taking better care of themselves. Perhaps patients who are more confident will have more success in healthy weight loss when they feel more positive and attractive?

Maybe motivation is the real key to losing weight and living a healthier life!

Well, this isn’t just a theory, it is actually supported by a number of recent clinical studies and it is consistent with our long-term patient experience here at evolv.  We care about our patients’ overall health and we are passionate about what we do….we truly believe everyone has the potential to Live Longer, Better!

Obviously, the answer isn’t simple or that easy but all of us at evolv would like to especially emphasize for the month of November on encouraging our patients and their families to focus on their nutrition, their weight, and activity levels and we hope to do that with education, encouragement and motivation!

After all, this is a crisis affecting every family at every level of society, and we believe we can make a difference by using our experience and training to help our patients and their families.  So please check with our staff to learn about our individualized programs and November promotions. Find out how we can help and how you can make a difference not only in your life and in your motivation, but also in those around you as well.

So Happy Thanksgiving to all and remember to keep moving, learn about your health, and take it easy on the gravy and stuffing over the holidays!

Frank Barone, MD, FACS