The doctors are on-line for weight-loss

For the Mirror

Extremely overweight men and women who wonder whether weight-loss surgery is right for them can learn more about the treatment from the comfort of their homes on April 26 in a free, on-line seminar hosted by Franciscan Health System and its Northwest Center for Weight Management in Federal Way.

The interactive seminar will be underway from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. It will feature Dr. Eugene Cho, a Franciscan surgeon who performs surgical weight-loss procedures; Lynda Rider, a registered nurse and Franciscan community health educator; and Sherry McKay, who underwent weight-loss surgery four years ago.

They will provide information and answer questions regarding surgical weight-loss, its risk factors and requirements surgery candidates must meet.

“Our goal is to help people make informed decisions about whether surgery is the best option for themselves,” said Rider.

In the United States, obesity has risen at an epidemic rate during the past 20 years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports. Approximately 127 million adults are considered overweight, with 60 million being obese and another 9 million classified as severely obese, according to the American Obesity Association.

Obesity is the second-leading cause of preventable death in the nation, the association reports. Moreover, severely overweight individuals are at a higher risk for complex health problems such Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and respiratory ailments.

A spokesman said Franciscan Health System hosts weight-loss seminars in Federal Way and other South Puget Sound-area communities served by the not-for-profit organization as part of its effort to increase public awareness of the health dangers associated with being overweight.

Franciscan includes St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way. St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma and St. Clare Hospital in Lakewood are also part of the organization.

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