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Thursday, July 14, 2011

Web-based weight-loss guide helps patients make informed choices

INDIANAPOLIS – When a person has spent years struggling with being overweight or obese, it may be difficult to imagine life without the associated health complications or the ongoing frustration of not being able to lose weight.

The Weight Loss Center at Franciscan St. Francis Health helps prospective patients with a new easy-to-navigate, Web-based Weight Loss Health Guide is designed to educate them about weight loss surgery options.

It provides confidential online assessments about weight status, eating and exercise behaviors. There is also a weight loss surgery assessment tool which provides a personalized report detailing the weight loss options.

The site also includes a library about the biology of weight loss, learn more about weight-loss procedures, determine if a person is a good candidate for weight loss surgery, read about patients who've had weight loss surgery, and tips for healthy grocery shopping.

Obesity is a disease that affects more than 72 million people in the United States.

“Today, we know genetics, eating habits, emotions, and our lifestyle can lead to obesity,” said Eve Olson, M.D., Weight Loss Center medical director. “People who are overweight know that losing weight is a difficult process – while many succeed at it, many more have tried and failed. They are at risk for developing health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and higher risks for cancer.”

For those with more severe obesity, weight loss surgery offers an opportunity for successful weight loss and improved health status.

To learn more about the Weight Loss Center We welcome you to start your journey to your future by visiting our Weight Loss Health Guide at /