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Dr. Graber, The Surgery Team, And Walk From Obesity, Inspire Americans By Raising Awareness & Funds For Those Affected By Obesity

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Bariatric surgery, more commonly known as weight loss surgery, is used to treat obesity. Bariatric surgery is typically reserved for individuals that are severely impacted by their condition. The treatment has gained popularity exponentially over the past decade as obesity continues to be a growing epidemic in the U.S. There are more than 93 million Americans affected by obesity today with an estimated 120 million affected by 2020. Combating obesity means that people need to learn more about its causes and take preventative measures.

The Walk from Obesity is a national fund raising effort jointly brought about by the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation. Both the OAC and ASMBS Foundation are dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by the disease. The walks take place in over 70 cities across America and range from one mile to several kilometers. There are 14 walks scheduled for the remainder of 2014. It is easy to find the walks' location and time by navigating through the Walk from Obesity website.

The Walk from Obesity focuses on prevention, education, research and treatment, and in just a few short years has raised millions of dollars to fund research initiatives, awareness campaigns and to treat those suffering from debilitating obesity. Prior to considering bariatric surgery, patients need to educate themselves on the factors that contribute to this deadly disease and consider committing themselves to a weight loss plan.

For patients who can't participate in the walk, there are other ways to get involved to support the Walk from Obesity mission. Volunteers can organize the walks, and even host one. People can create personal campaigns to document their weight loss journey, or to commemorate a memory of someone they once knew who passed away from the disease.