Each year, more than 400,000 deaths in the United States are linked to obesity. Today, clinicians realize obesity is a chronic condition requiring long-term lifestyle changes. Cleveland Clinic's Bariatric and Metabolic Institute may offer a solution with surgical weight loss. The extensive evaluation process involves working with a team of specialists, including an endocrinologist, nutrition therapist, psychologist, nurse and surgeon.

Along with careful follow-up, monthly informational meetings and support groups to meet individual needs complement this process.

For information: call 216.445.2224 or toll-free: 800.223.2273, ext. 5-2224.