Obesity

Obesity is a worldwide epidemic, and according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults have obesity. This condition affects men and women of all ages, races, ethnicities, and education levels.

At Cooper University Health Care, we’re dedicated to offering you the support and resources you need to reach and maintain a healthy weight. Treatment for obesity can include diet and exercise, weight-loss surgery at our Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center, or a combination of these approaches.

What Is Obesity?

Doctors define obesity as having a body mass index (BMI) of 30 and above. We can find your BMI by using calculations of your height and weight. Learn more about obesity and body mass index.

People who have obesity also have a higher risk of developing other health problems, such as:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Some types of cancer, including breast and colon

We know it can be overwhelming to face multiple challenges with your health. However, losing a significant amount of weight can help prevent these conditions and lead to a longer, healthier life.

Why Choose Cooper to Treat Obesity?

When it comes to weight loss, we know that no two people are alike. Our doctors create a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan to help you obtain a healthy weight. This plan may include a combination of the following approaches:

  • Healthy diet: Nutritionists can help you develop healthy eating plans to lose weight and manage coexisting conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure.
  • Exercise: Our doctors work with you to create a safe exercise plan that incorporates cardio, strength, and flexibility exercises. Physical therapists teach you how to include more activity into your daily routine.
  • Weight-loss surgery (also called bariatric and metabolic surgery): Our fellowship-trained bariatric surgeons and advanced practice nurses are entirely devoted to the care, treatment, and lifelong support of patients choosing weight-loss surgery. Surgery is often the best choice for people with obesity who haven’t been able to lose weight through nonsurgical approaches. Learn more about our Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery Center and see who is eligible for weight-loss surgery.
  • Behavior modification: Psychologists are available to help you develop healthy thoughts and behaviors surrounding food. For example, many people overeat to cope with negative feelings. By addressing the root of these issues, you can make changes that lead to weight loss.
  • Medication: If you have health problems related to obesity, medications may be an option. These medications can help you feel less hungry or make it difficult for your body to absorb fat from food.

Contact Us

To learn more about bariatric and metabolic surgery at Cooper or to schedule an appointment, please call 856.673.4500 or join us for a free weight-loss surgery informational seminar.

To learn more about non-surgical management of obesity, consult your primary care doctor. To schedule an appointment with a Cooper primary care physician, please call 1.800.8.COOPER.

Refer a Patient

If you are a doctor who wants to refer a patient to Cooper for bariatric surgery, please call 856.673.4500.