Obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally, with more than 1 billion adults overweight - at least 300 million of them clinically obese. In the U.S. , a majority of adults are overweight or obese, with more than 30 percent of adults considered obese (Body Mass Index, or BMI, greater than 30). An increasing number of adults are considered extremely obese (BMI greater than or equal to 40).
In recent years, obesity has emerged as one of the most serious medical conditions affecting the developed world and has become a major contributor to the global burden of chronic disease and disability. It is now the second-leading cause of preventable death in the U.S.
2. American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2008
While clinical studies support the effectiveness of the da Vinci ® System when used in minimally invasive surgery, individual results may vary. Surgery with the da Vinci ® Surgical System may not be appropriate for every individual. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits.
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