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Helping patients with weight concerns

Date: 03/02/2022

Free info session on Tuesday, March 8

SWL-Zoom-Info-Session-200x200-(1).jpgObesity is a real health concern. Individuals who struggle with weight-related issues are at a higher risk of severe illness, including heart disease, stroke, and cancer.

The Centers for Disease Control tracks the rate of obesity by state and estimates more than 30% of Maine adults struggle with the issue. The repercussions of obesity also hit patients in the wallet; studies show the annual cost of treating obesity is about $1,400 per person higher than for those at a healthy weight. Studies show that patients with obesity may delay routine healthcare, postponing treatment of preventable illnesses. There is hope, however.

“Patients who are truly ready to change their lives by joining our program can be transformed,” says Michelle Toder, MD, FACS, medical director and bariatric surgeon, Northern Light Surgical Weight Loss. “Many not only lose the weight, but many go off their medications by putting high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes into remission. Patients have reported being energized, having higher self-esteem, and living a better quality of life.”

To help community members address solutions for weight related issues, a free surgical weight loss information session is being offered on Tuesday, March 8 by Zoom. From 6 to 7 pm, Dr. Toder will offer an overview of the program, which includes nutrition, education, physical therapy, support, and information about robotically assisted surgery. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and get a better understanding of the criteria for the program.

To take part in this information session, community members may register by visiting or by calling 207.973.6383.