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Losing Pounds Leads to Better Health

A message from the president of Greenwich Hospital

The statistics are alarming when it comes to obesity, which impacts nearly 36 percent of adults and 17 percent of youth in the United States. Obesity is a medical condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to the extent that it may adversely impact health, leading to reduced life expectancy and increased health problems.

Now the good news: Bariatric surgery can save lives. Research shows that bariatric surgery can lead to significant weight loss and decrease the occurrence of – and sometimes completely eliminate – other medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, heart disease and high cholesterol.
For some, though, the statistics don’t matter. It usually takes a personal experience for people to consider having bariatric surgery when all other forms of diet and exercise have failed. Maybe the extra weight is preventing them from playing catch with their children, taking a walk with friends, or giving birth
to a baby.

For Denine Timlin, the epiphany came while chatting with friends about celebrating their 40th birthdays with an island vacation. She was frustrated by years of failed dieting and never feeling comfortable with herself. So Timlin took action. She had a sleeve gastrectomy during which surgeons removed roughly
85 percent of her stomach, creating a sleeve-shaped organ about the size of a small banana to limit her food intake.

Now Timlin has a new lease on life. Since the surgery, she has lost more than 100 pounds and has gone from a size 26 to a size four. Her acid reflux and sleep apnea disappeared after surgery. Most importantly, she feels good about herself. For Timlin, life began anew at 40!

Norman G. Roth, President and Chief Executive Officer