YRMC’S Bariatric Surgery Program talk about adult obesity and how to live a healthy lifestyle

YRMC’S Bariatric Surgery Program talk about adult obesity and how to live a healthy lifestyle


Yuma Regional Medical Center and the Bariatric Surgery Program have been recognized for excellence by the American College of Surgeons and The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Obesity in this country is one of the biggest problems Americans go through.

The Bariatric Program thrives to provide their patients with great care. So we took it to the professionals to see what is it that they do exactly and how one can go about with getting the proper treatment.


The obesity epidemic is one of the country’s most serious health problems. Adult obesity rates have doubled since the past few decades, from 15 to 30 percent, while childhood obesity rates have more than tripled. That’s according to healthy living dot org.

Registered Dietitian, Jacinta Santori with Yuma Regional Medical Center said, “We look at what they’re currently doing, how they’re currently eating. And then we go through some suggested changes. What will eating look like after surgery so that way they can kind’ve empower themselves to make those good healthy changes before they have surgery.”

Rising obesity rates have significant health consequences, contributing to increased rates of more than 30 serious diseases. These conditions create a major strain on the health care system.

Here at Yuma Regional Medical Center the goal is to effectively treat obesity that way they can treat all the similar conditions that come along with is.

Clinical Director of Ambulatory Services, Rebecca Adame said, “Obesity is a growing problem for everybody in the united states. Weight loss surgery is a proven and effective method for treating obesity. Obesity effects every system in the body. It is known to have a direct link to cancer…diabetes…heart disease…liver disease…so it effects every system.”

Obesity surgery is a lifetime commitment to changing your life.

Adame said, “It’s a great tool, it provides a great option to help people stay on track and it keeps them from being quite so food focused and it gives them a great tool to move forward with their diet and exercise plans that they might not have previously been able to stick to.”


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