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Many people when they look down at the scale aren’t pleased with the number they see.

More than 35 percent of American adults are obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It can seem difficult when staring at those extra pounds to imagine them going away, but with hard work, determination and some assistance, it can be done.

Obesity is a major source of heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. Carrying extra weight can also impact your joints, among other things.

Even a relatively slight weight loss can make a major health impact.  For example, if you have pre-diabetes, losing 10 percent of your body weight can help eliminate this ailment.

Depending on a person’s weight and other factors, bariatric surgery may be an option to help with weight loss.

Bariatric surgery candidates, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, have a BMI of 35 to 40 with significant medical problems or a BMI of 40 or above with or without medical problems.

For people who do not meet that criteria, there are non-surgical options to help a person lose weight.

At Northwell Health’s Center for Weight Management, a physician, registered dietitian and health psychologist make up a team that assist people with meeting their weight loss goals with a multi-faceted approach to weight loss.

To learn more about which weight loss option works best for you, there is an informational seminar on the second Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. at Southside Hospital in Bay Shore in the conference room where weight loss options are reviewed.

It is led by myself and Dr. Jonathan Klonsky; we are both bariatric surgeons at Syosset Hospital. Our nutritionist, Christine Santori, who specializes in bariatric surgery, will also be available.

If you are interested, please contact Pam Dreisiger at 516-496-2792 or email

About the author:

Heather McMullen, MD, is the chair of bariatric surgery at Syosset Hospital.