A lot of eastern Iowans are considered obese.
But a lot of them might be candidates for weight loss surgery and not even know it.
In Health Plus, one woman's journey to save her life.
At 40-years-old Lisa Sweet finally has the life she always wanted to live--an active one without the struggle of obesity.
"After about 25 years of the ups and downs of weights, I did come to a point where I realized that I was doing it for me," she said.
The Cedar Rapids woman turned to Dr. Matthew Glascock for help.
And the surgeon at Sartori's Midwest Institute of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery in Cedar Falls delivered.
"We've been here for 10 years. We've done well over 1,000 operations here and we have taken on these very high-risk patients frequently and so we have the know how the experience and the expertise to provide these services," he said.
A little over a year after her weight loss surgery, Lisa is down 116 pounds.
"For people who say this is the easy way out it's very misleading because it's not a quick fix. It definitely has it's pluses that it monitors the amount of intake that you can take, but it also is a challenge for every single day," she said.
Her doctor says success can come for any patient who qualifies and follows specific guidelines.
"Benefits are universal provided the patient who undergoes the operation really embraces the lifestyle changes that have to accompany that operation," he said.
Of course not everyone qualifies for weight loss surgery but Lisa had been rejected by another physician in the past before coming to Dr. Glascock.