More than one-third of American adults are considered obese. Tonight we take a look at why some Americans are turning to bariatric weight loss surgery as an option to live healthier lifestyles.

Andrea Jake hopes bariatric surgery will improve some of her health conditions. Jake suffers from arthritis and has already undergone knee replacement surgery, she also suffers from high blood pressure.

Obesity comes with a long list of health related consequences including:

Type 2 Diabetes

Coronary Heart Disease

Liver & Gallbladder Disease

Arthritis

Sleep Apnea

Hypertension

Stroke

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the term overweight is defined as having a Body Mass Index of 25 or higher. Obesity is defined as having a BMI of 30 or higher.

Next week, we’ll delve into bariatric surgery options, surgery qualifications and health benefits and risks.