Covenant Health is using National Obesity Week to help educate the community of Lubbock.
“When I had surgery, I was 494 pounds, so I lost over 300 pounds. I was way over 500 pounds when I started,” Tiffany Abbott, a bariatric patient, said.
Multiple doctors at Covenant Health said being obese puts people at higher risk for a variety of health problems.
“There are several health issues that come with being overweight. Diabetes is the most common, blood pressure, strokes, liver damage and cholesterol,” Dr. Joe Bushman, a general surgeon at Covenant Health, said.
“It can increase your risk of cancer by at least 60 percent,” Dr. Travis Eggl, with Covenant Health, said.
The doctors agreed that losing weight can also help with mental health.
“As people lose their weight, they become a lot happier and much more confident,” Dr. Bushman said.