Thanks to being one of the largest nations, America is also one of the fattest countries in the world. Unless you live right in the heart of San Francisco, New York City, or Chicago, commuting to work may very well take you 20 or 30 minutes by car, which means you could ultimately spend two hours or more every day behind the wheel, and that is if you don’t have to sit in 5:00 traffic, which can add hours to your commute time. By the time most people get home all they want to do is spend time with their loved ones, have dinner and go to bed. Considering the average American’s life, it’s no wonder why so many Americans are overweight.

Poor diet, a lack of exercise and obesity are all major contributors to heart disease, which, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is the leading cause of death. Therefore, anything that can be done to lose excess body fat can increase one’s life expectancy and dramatically reduce the risk of heart attack. It is responsible for about 600,000 deaths in the U.S. each year – that’s one in every four deaths. Conditions such as high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking are all major risk factors for heart disease, and nearly half of Americans have at least one of these risk factors.

The American Academy of Plastic Surgery® reports that in 2011 there were 16,446 breast lift surgeries performed, 6,077 upper arm lift procedures following major weight loss, 4,845 lower body lift procedures after major weight loss, 4,661 thigh lift procedures after major weight loss, and 18,393 tummy tuck procedures performed following major weight loss. If you have lost a large amount of weight due to diet and exercise or another method, and are interested in finding out if body contouring procedures are right for you, please contact Pacific Plastic Surgery Group to arrange a consultation with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Edward Miranda. You can have the body you’ve always dreamed about, let us help you turn that dream into a reality!