Obesity is an excess of total body fat, which results from caloric intake that exceeds energy usage. It is a life-long progressive, life-threatening, genetically-related, costly, multi-factorial disease that is associated with multiple co-morbidities.
Obesity is emerging as a health epidemic around the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity is rapidly spreading across all regions and demographic groups. The prevalence of obesity has increased more than 60% in the past decade. Two-thirds of the US population is overweight and a third is obese. Severe or morbid obesity affects 15 million of Americans.
Obesity in the Rio Grande Valley
The prevalence of obesity in Texas has increased dramatically over the past 15 years and it affects 30 percent of the state's population. In the U.S., only Mississippi and West Virginia have higher rates of obesity. The area of the Rio Grande Valley has one of the highest rates of obesity in the country, reaching 37 percent. Dr. Mario del Pino and his medical team are dedicated to helping Rio Grande Valley obesity patients overcome this condition through advanced weight loss surgery procedures.