Doctors at Archbold Memorial Hospital say one-third of adults in the U.S. are considered obese and 70 percent are overweight. Statistics they're hoping to reverse.
"There are so many diseases involved with obesity - shorter life span. It's associated with diabetes, heart disease," says John Masberger, M.D.
Local doctors teamed up to create a comprehensive bariatric weight loss program.
The program could result in significant improvement or reversal of obesity. It includes lap-band surgery and a variety of personalized weight loss services for patients over 18 and at least 100 pounds overweight.
Doctors say the band is placed around the upper part of the stomach and can help those who are obese shed hundreds of pounds. The hour long out-patient procedure is performed through a few tiny incisions.
"We fully anticipate that in any given year a patient can lose up to fifty pounds in a given year safely," says John Cascone, M.D.
Though the amount of weight loss is significant, doctors say the pros outweigh the cons.
"Death with the surgery is less than .1 percent so we're talking less than 1 in one-thousand," says Dr. Masberger.
Doctors say the comprehensive program could be a major tool in the fight against the area's increasing obesity problem.
Doctors say 50 percent of children in the U.S. are obese.