The Bellevue Center for Obesity & Weight Management hosted its 4th Annual Bariatric Celebration on Aug. 24, celebrating the health of hundreds of patients who have lost significant weight after bariatric surgery and resolved numerous obesity-related medical problems. The highlight was a Fashion Show where 50 patients took to the runway to display their health, energy and style.
Among the many success stories are:
- Laura Rivera, whose 65-pound weight loss motivated her to return to school and finish her college degree.
- Lucrecia Peña, who lost 60 pounds and said, "I no longer need high cholesterol or high blood pressure meds!"
- Deibbi Corniel, who lost 85 pounds and said: "I feel rejuvenated, young and in love with life. My days of depression are gone.I look and feel great again!"
Bellevue is one of three HHC hospitals that provide bariatric surgical services; the others are Jacobi Medical Center and Harlem Hospital Center. Morbid obesity negatively affects an individual’s health in significant ways: Only one out of seven obese individuals reach the U.S. life expectancy of 76.9 years. Obese people are five times more likely to have diabetes and five times more likely to have high blood pressure, and spend more money on medical care than normal weight people.
Bariatric surgery can be the key to a new way of life. Dedication to lifestyle changes, including proper diet, vitamin supplementation and exercise is required of all patients who undergo the surgery.