GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - In the United States, around 15.5 million people suffer from obesity.
Now, Community Hospital in Mesa County is able to provide weight loss services for those in need.
"Becoming a Bariatric Center of Excellence has been our goal since we established the program back in 2009. We were the first program on the Western Slope and we've been able to let people live happier and healthier lives through weight loss surgery," said Dr. Andrew Morse, General Surgeon with Surgical Associates.
Not only are they now a Center of Excellence for adults,
"We are the first Bariatric Center for Adolescents on the Western Slope, and one of only five in the state," said Morse.
Still, those with obesity suffer no matter what age. Surgical Associates Office Manager Kristy Hale has experienced this first hand.
"I had weight loss surgery with Dr. Morse about three and a half years ago. Before that, I tried all the fad diets and supplements. Nothing really seemed to work," said Hale.
Hale says the surgery she had changed her life tremendously.
"I lost 120 pounds in about a year. I'm able to do things that I wasn't able to do before. I now can complete 5K's and go ziplining, which are definitely things that my weight would have hindered me from doing," said Hale.
For those who believe weight loss surgery is the easy way out, experts say otherwise.
"For some, weight loss isn't as simple as calories in calories out. There are many studies that show a genetic predisposition to obesity," said Morse.
"People don't realize that even though you had the surgery, it's not a magic bullet. We have strict guidelines that we do have to follow in order to be successful with the weight loss," said Hale.
For more information on the program, they say to give them a call at (970) 243-9340 or to visit their website at www.yourcommunityhospital.com