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Leading Bariatric Center in Dominican Republic Educating Patients on Weight Loss Surgery

By Kai Wade - Director of Communications & Social Media | July 24th, 2015

This week, the Bariatric Surgery Center of Dr. Pablo Garcia in the Dominican Republic was recognized by a leading medical tourism firm for their leadership and continual fight against obesity.

In a press release, CEO and Founder of, Tolga Umar stated, “Our partnered weight loss surgery provider in the Dominican Republic has shown great commitment within their prominent bariatric surgery program. We’re proud to recognize a leader for their recent accomplishments and the comprehensive, patient-centered care they provide to individuals struggling with obesity.”

The prominent bariatric surgery center in the Dominican Republic offers advanced surgical options including gastric sleeve, gastric balloon, gastric bypass, and gastric plication.

What is Obesity?

Obesity is a condition that is associated with having an excess of body fat, defined by genetic and environmental factors that are difficult to manage when dieting. It is classified as having a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or greater.

There are more than 40 medical conditions that are associated with obesity. Individuals who are obese are at risk of developing one or more of these serious medical conditions, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Sleep apnea and respiratory problems
  • Some cancers (endometrial, breast, and colon)

Severe obesity is classified as having a BMI greater than 40, or being 100 pounds over one’s ideal body weight. There are an estimated 9 million Americans who are affected by severe obesity in our country.

Adult Obesity Statistics

There is no single solution to the global obesity epidemic. The Bariatric Surgery Center of Dr. Pablo Garcia has been highly successful with the clinic’s multifaceted approach. It takes a supportive environment to promote healthy living behaviors that prevent obesity — including sharing these alarming statistics by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese.
  • Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type-2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death.
  • Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%) followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (32.6%), and non-Hispanic Asians (10.8%)
  • Obesity is higher among middle age adults, 40-59 years old (39.5%) than among younger adults, age 20-39 (30.3%) or adults over 60 or above (35.4%) adults.
  • Among non-Hispanic black and Mexican-American men, those with higher incomes are more likely to have obesity than those with low income.
  • Higher income women are less likely to have obesity than low-income women.
  • There is no significant relationship between obesity and education among men. Among women, however, there is a trend—those with college degrees are less likely to have obesity compared with less educated women.

To learn more about Weight Loss Surgery, contact Bariatric Surgeon near you.




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