Transformation Celebration Fashion Show

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The prevalence of pre-obesity, previously called overweight, and obesity continues to rise at an alarming rate throughout the world. In the United States, more than one in five adults is considered obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, while the obesity rate in Texas stands at 35.5%.

Unfortunately, carrying extra weight increases the risk of about 50 different health problems, including arthritis, low back pain, infertility and sleep apnea. Long term, obesity can lead to debilitating and deadly diseases like heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.

The decision to maintain a healthy weight by shedding extra pounds and making positive lifestyle modifications requires firm commitment and a highly developed plan, including an evaluation by a healthcare provider who can provide medical advice and help identify local resources available to support healthy weight.

For some with a high body mass index (BMI), achieving successful weight loss requires medical intervention. Approximately 580,000 people around the world undergo bariatric surgery annually, according to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). It’s considered an effective and long-lasting treatment for severe obesity that typically results in significant weight loss and an overall improvement, prevention or resolution of many related diseases like type 2 diabetes, hypertension and sleep apnea, per the ASMBS.

But bariatric surgery isn’t a quick fix for individuals struggling with obesity. It requires a long-term dedication to maintaining the weight loss over one’s lifetime through healthy eating and exercise. It’s a challenge accepted by hundreds of Rio Grande Valley residents each year.

To highlight the successful weight loss efforts of some of its former patients, the South Texas Health System Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Center will host its second annual Transformation Celebration Fashion Show on Saturday, March 23. The special event will celebrate eight bariatric patients who have positively changed their lives and improved their overall health through bariatric surgery and dedicated post-surgery lifestyle modifications, including maintaining a healthy diet and being physically active. All together, they have lost more than 500 pounds in their individual quests to lead healthy lives.

Each of the patients will strut down the runway in the latest fashions during the STHS Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery Center’s fashion show. While on the catwalk, they will open up about their own personal struggles with weight, the aha moment that ultimately inspired them to prioritize their health and seek bariatric surgery, the daily steps they’ve taken to maintain a healthy weight and how their lives have been forever changed after surgery.

The event will take place at the Radisson Hotel McAllen Airport, 2721 S. 10th St., McAllen, from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. The fashion show will start at 6:30 p.m.

For more information or to register to attend the free event, please visit the South Texas Health System Facebook Events page.

About South Texas Health System
South Texas Health System is a multi-facility healthcare system serving patients throughout the Rio Grande Valley. The system includes four acute care facility campuses with specialties in pediatrics, heart and vascular services, maternity and women’s health and trauma services. Inpatient and outpatient treatment for behavioral health needs and addictive disorders is also provided through the system’s South Texas Health System Behavioral facility. South Texas Health System is affiliated with the South Texas Clinical Partners ACO, Prominence Health Plan, and Cornerstone Regional Hospital. The system operates an advanced Level I Trauma Center at South Texas Health System McAllen, the first and only freestanding children’s facility and pediatric ER at South Texas Health System Children’s, the region’s only freestanding heart hospital and specialized cardiac ER at South Texas Health System Heart, and six freestanding emergency rooms located in and around Weslaco, Mission, Edinburg, McAllen and Alamo. For more information about the system and its comprehensive services, please visit www.southtexashealthsystem.com.

Physicians are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of South Texas Health System. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians.