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Losing weight is a struggle for millions

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As those pounds add up, getting down to a healthy weight can become nearly impossible. That's why more people are turning to surgery to lose weight and help with other health problems that come along with an expanded waist line.  

Weight loss surgery isn't a definite for Venitra Crenshaw, but it is something she's considering. "It's kind of hard losing weight on my own so I'm trying to find some other options for losing weight," she said.

A battle she's fought for a long time. "Pretty much all my life. For many years."

And she wants to be free of the extra weight, that weighs her down with other problems. Surgeon Joseph Burnette says being obese can lead to dozens of other health issues. "Type II diabetes... hypertension, heard disease, cholesterol, gallstones, sleep problems, sleep apnea, cancer."

Being overweight isn't a result of laziness. Often, losing weight that has crept on over the years can seem almost impossible.

"There is no doubt that the percentage of the population that's obese is increasing and we don't understand why. It is a metabolic syndrome that is occurring and the studies show that once you hit obesity, once you hit a BMI of 30, which is about 30 pounds over ideal body weight, it becomes extremely difficult to lose weight with diet."

And that's when surgery, which should be a last resort, becomes an option.  "I hear a lot about it. A lot of people say that it's a piece of cake, no problem. So, I say, ok well, I'm willing to try it."

To try for a new start in her own skin. As with any surgery, there are always risks involved. And it isn't for everybody. You have to meet a certain threshold to qualify for most insurance plans, and remember, it's a lifelong commitment.

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